A history of English in its own words
In this fascinating book Craig Carver explains the etymologies of more than 750 words in order of their entrance into the English language. The author explodes many myths about out language and uses the latest scholarship in this highly readable compendium. Line drawings.
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abbreviated adjective adopted altered American English ancient Anglo-Saxon appeared Arabic became bird British bushwhack called Chaucer cognate coined common compound dance derives dope Dutch earlier early eighteenth century England English borrowed English dialect English word etymologists etymology expression extended fawney fellow French word gave English glasnost googol Greek hence High German horse humor Indian Indo-Euro Indo-European Indo-European root influence Irish Italian John King known language late later literally lord meant Medieval Latin metaphor Middle Dutch Middle English nineteenth century Old English Old English period Old French Old High German Old Norse one's person phrase play popular probably pronunciation Proto-Germanic ragman roll Roman Sanskrit Scandinavian Scottish seventeenth century Shakespeare shortened sixteenth century skin slang sound Spanish spelled suffix survived teenth century term Thomas tion trans transferred ultimately from Latin usually variant verb Washington Irving William woman Zilch