What's in a Word?: Etymological Gossip about Some Interesting English Words

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University of Nevada Press, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 226 pages
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Modern English is rich in words derived from sources as diverse as classical Latin and Greek, Indonesian and other Asian languages, European mythology and religion, and the popular culture of many times and places. In this survey of the origins of several hundred familiar English words, linguist Robert Gorrell explores the myriad ways our language has been shaped by successive conquests of Britain by the Romans, Germanic tribes, and Normans; by borrowings from Greek (which followed the spread of Christianity into the British Isles), Arabic, Native American languages, French, and others; and by the spread of British conquerors, colonists, and merchants around the world.

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Introduction i
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one Roots from Rome
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two Adapting Latin
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