English Through the Ages

Front Cover
Writer's Digest Books, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 586 pages
2 Reviews
Unique among etymology books, English Through the Ages places words on the long and dynamic timeline of English word creation, chronicling words according to when it can be confirmed they were in use. Words are organized into time groupings from "In Use by 1150" to "In Use by 1990." Entry-words list changes in meaning and when related words (such as the noun use of a verb) came into being. Timelines are grouped into categories of words, including "Geography/Places, " "The Body, " "Everyday Life, " "Insults" and "Slang" so you can browse for related words. And, all entrywords are cross-referenced in a comprehensive index.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: English Through the Ages

User Review  - Libby - Goodreads

This book is so useful in so many different ways I can hardly believe it. It is organized by time periods from the earliest days when terms were identifiable as English to the present. The time ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - PennyAnn - LibraryThing

A great quick reference tool for historical fiction writers. Find out when a specific word was first used and in what context. Read full review


Introduction i
In Use by 1150
In Use by 1350

33 other sections not shown

About the author (1998)

William Brohaugh is the former editor of Writer's Digest magazine and the former editorial director of Writer's Digest Books. He is the author of Unfortunate English and Professional Etiquette for Writers, and is the director of English through the Ages. He lives in Amelia, Ohio.

Bibliographic information