Picturesque Word Origins: With Forty-five Illustrative Drawings
G. & C. Merriam Company, 1933 - English language - 134 pages
Back of most English words there is a "life story" that would fascinate most people, were they to know it. For instance, our word "tawdry" comes from St. Audrey's Fair, where cheap, gaudy articles were sold. The origins of many words are traced.
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adjective ancestor ancient Greeks ancient Rome Anglo-Saxon animal applied athletic bite black bile bochier body borrowed in English borrowed in Middle borrowed the word broadened to denote bugle burning called calm Carol cattle charm cloak coffin combined to form comes from Latin comes our word derived English derived from Latin diminutive English word etymologically flight of birds flower footprint French borrowed gave Old French Greek mythology Greek word harrow hashish hearse hence horse humor lace Lapis lazuli Late Latin Latin borrowed Latin verb Latin word lemur literal meaning live sacrifice lookout meaning broadened meaning in English meant Medieval metaphor Middle English Modern English noun obsolete Old French omen original meaning papyrus past participle phrase PICTURESQUE WORD ORIGINS prae prefix prick procrastinate Romans slave song speech suggests supercilium taken into English takes its name Taxicab Teutonic thing to-day to-morrow torquere trace turn verb voting word meaning word was borrowed