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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A)PO animal ARKHEIN begot bend BHAGO BHEIDH BHERGH-2 BHEU borrowed brassiere Celtic centuries comes connection DEIK DEIW DEKM DEM(h DEUK DHE(I Dictionary EGHS English words Etruscan figurative French Gaulish Gc derivatives Gc descendants Gc relatives Gc term GEN(h GERBH Germanic GHABH GHAI GHANS GHE(N)D GHEU GHOS-TI give Gk word glish Greek GWERh-2 hence hold idiomatic Indo-European Indo-European roots intricate Italian KERD KERS KLEI KLOU KREI KWREP language later Latin literally meant MEDHYO MELIT MEUh modern sense nally NEWO NO-MEN Norse noun OEtD OI-NO Old Norse one's oneself original sense person PLEK PLEU possible relative Proto-Germanic remote Roman S)KER S)MEIT(h Sanskrit seize sense is idiomatic shining someone sometimes sound speak SPEK split stick things tongue turn twist various verb Vulgar Latin WEGW WEID whence Gc whence the Gc word meaning YEUG