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Anglo-Saxon Beowulf called Cambridge century Chaucer common connexion Cotgrave Crown 8vo curious derived dialect Dutch Early English editor English etymology English language English word error Etymological Dictionary examples explained Extra fcap fact French German given gives Glossary Greek Grimm's Law guess Halliwell Hence i2mo Icel Icelandic instance janissary language Latin letter leue London M.A. Extra fcap means meant merely Middle English modern English occurs Old English once original Ovid Parker Soc passage Philological phonetic phrase Piers Plowman plural poem popular etymology printed pronounced pronunciation quotation quoted readers reference remarkable rime Robert of Brunne Saxon Second Edition sense Shakespeare Skeat sound Specimens spelling spelt Spenser suffix suggestion suppose syllable temse Teutonic translation verb viii vowel W. W. Skeat whence whilst write written
Page 202 - 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 72 - 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 89 - 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 53 - Come one, come all ! this rock shall fly From its firm base as soon as I.
Page 47 - I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?
Page 16 - 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 11 - 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 318 - 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.