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By Anatoly Liberman

This paintings introduces popular linguistics pupil Anatoly Liberman’s accomplished dictionary and bibliography of the etymology of English phrases. The English etymological dictionaries released long ago declare to have solved the mysteries of be aware origins even if these origins were generally disputed. An Analytic Dictionary of English Etymology against this, discusses the entire latest derivations of English phrases and proposes the easiest one.


In the inaugural quantity, Liberman addresses fifty-five phrases regularly brushed aside as being of unknown etymology. a few of the entries are one of the most typically used phrases in English, together with guy, boy, woman, fowl, mind, comprehend, key, ever, and but. Others are slang: mooch, nudge, pimp, filch, gawk, and skedaddle. Many, resembling beacon, oat, hemlock, ivy, and toad, have existed for hundreds of years, while a few have seemed extra lately, for instance, slang, kitty-corner, and Jeep. they're all united by means of their etymological obscurity.


This particular source e-book discusses the most difficulties within the technique of etymological study and includes indexes of matters, names, and all the root phrases. every one access is a full-fledged article, laying off mild for the 1st time at the resource of a few of the main generally disputed notice origins within the English language.


“Anatoly Liberman is without doubt one of the major students within the box of English etymology. surely his paintings may be an crucial device for the continued revision of the etymological component to the entries within the Oxford English Dictionary.” —Bernhard Diensberg, OED advisor, French etymologies


Anatoly Liberman is professor of Germanic philology on the collage of Minnesota. He has released many works, together with sixteen books, such a lot lately notice Origins . . . and the way we all know Them: Etymology for Everyone.

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