The roots of English: a reader's handbook of word origins
Starting with the mysterious origins of many of our most common English words, The Roots of English shows in a concise, dictionary-style format how they "grew" over thousands of years into the words we use today.
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This book is a fascinating and life changing exploration of the exhilarating story that is our common tongue. Beginning with a startling and splendid introduction and continuing through a magical and fascinating body of hypothetical definitions, Claiborne absolutely nails it. I have been studying linguistics, morphology, semiotics, hermeneutics, reader-response theory, structuralism, post-structuralism, and deconstruction theory for many years and no where I mean NO WHERE have I FOUND SUCH AN INSPIRED, concise, and beautifully executed treatise of knowledge designed to invite the general audience to speculation, admiration, ponderation and simple love for THE NUMBER ONE LANGUAGE ON EARTH lololol in my humble opinion of course ^__^ English!!!! yayyyyy <3
Review: The Roots of EnglishUser Review - Lora - Goodreads
The introduction was interesting, but the body of the book is strictly reference, and boring: just a list of root words and their definitions, as best we can tell. They're mostly Indo-European, with a few Germanic ones tossed in; interesting, but not much fun to read, so I stopped about page 30. Read full review