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A Student's Pastime, a Select Ser. of Articles Repr. from 'Notes and Queries'
Walter William Skeat
No preview available - 2015
Anglo-Saxon Beowulf called Cambridge century Chaucer common connexion Cotgrave Crown 8vo curious derived dialect Dutch Early English Editor English etymology English language English words examples explained fact French German given gives Glossary Greek Grimm's Law guess Halliwell Hence i2mo Icel Icelandic instance Introduction and Notes janissary language Latin letter London M.A. Extra fcap means meant merely Middle English modern English occurs Old English once original Ovid Parker Soc passage philology phonetic phrase Piers Plowman Piers the Plowman plural poem popular etymology printed pronunciation quotation quoted readers reference rime Robert of Brunne Robert of Gloucester Saxon Second Edition sense Shakespeare Shropshire Skeat sound Specimens spelling spelt suffix suggestion suppose syllable Teutonic translation verb viii vowel W. W. Skeat whence whilst write
Page 186 - High birth, vigour of bone, desert in service, Love, friendship, charity, are subjects all To envious and calumniating time. One touch of nature makes the whole world kin...
Page 66 - Anatomy of Melancholy,' he said, was the only book that ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to rise.
Page 73 - So spake the grisly terror ; and in shape, So speaking, and so threatening, grew ten-fold More dreadful and deform : on the other side, Incensed with indignation, Satan stood Unterrified, and like a comet burned, That fires the length of Ophiuchus huge In the Arctic sky, and from his horrid hair Shakes pestilence and war.
Page 49 - Come one, come all ! this rock shall fly From its firm base as soon as I.
Page 43 - I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?
Page 12 - Cotgrave. The alphabet was called the Chritt-eross-roie, some say because a cross was prefixed to the alphabet in the old primers ; but as probably from a superstitious custom of writing the alphabet in the form of a cross, by way of charm.
Page 7 - In skullers' bark does lie at Hull Which he for pennies two does rig, All day on Thames to bob for grig : Whilst fencer poor does by him stand, In old dung-lighter, hook in hand ; Between knees rod, with canvas crib, To girdle tied, close under rib ; Where worms are put, which must small fish Betray at night to earthen dish.
Page 298 - There is still a good deal to be done in the way of tabulating phonetic changes in English, and I hope that the faithful drudges who attempt to register examples contribute somewhat to the clearer understanding of the subject. It occurs to me that the loss of v in English words seems to take place most commonly before r, n, and 2.