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  1. Dictionary of Word Origins: The Histories of Over 8, 000 Words Explained by John Ayto, 2001-09-03
  2. Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins by William Morris, 1988-04-27
  3. Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (Oxford Paperback Reference) by Julia Cresswell, 2010-11-01
  4. Word Origins by John Ayto, 2008-09-01
  5. Dictionary of Word Origins: A History of the Words, Expressions and Cliches We Use by Jordon Almond, 2000-10-01
  6. Word Origins And How We Know Them: Etymology for Everyone by Anatoly Liberman, 2009-04-13
  7. The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins (Writers Reference) by Robert Hendrickson, 2008-10-30
  8. Word Origins And How We Know Them - Book Club Edition by Anatoly Liberman, 2005
  9. Space Between Words: The Origins of Silent Reading (Figurae: Reading Medieval Culture) by Paul Saenger, 2000-01-01
  10. The Origins of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots by Joseph Twadell Shipley, 2001-02-15
  11. A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi": The Origin of Foreign Words Used in English by Chloe Rhodes, 2010-03-04
  12. Medical Meanings: A Glossary of Word Origins, Second Edition by William S. Haubrich, 2003-11-01
  13. Word Origins: and Their Romantic Stories by Wilfred Funk, 1992-08-11
  14. March Hares and Monkeys' Uncles: Origins of the Words and Phrases We Use Every Day by Harry Oliver, 2005-09-01

1. Word Origins - Discover Where Words Come From
Study the origin of words to grasp meaningan essential task when studying classic literature.
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  • Word Origins - Discover Where Words Come From
    Study the origin of words to grasp meaningan essential task when studying classic literature.
    Books About Word Origins
    Where did the words in language come from? What do the origins of words say about our culture? And, how do the various meanings of words evolve over time. Read more about word origins: the stories they tell...
    Words are misused, confused, and forgotten, but these books offer concise definitions for engaging and inciteful words. Become a superior wordsmith. Learn to use some of the most interesting words in the English language. Read on. zSB(3,3)
    Etymologically Speaking
    Many words in the English language have interesting pedigrees. Find origins and backgrounds for words from "Abacus" to "Zero."
    Fun Words Archive
    For a taste of just how much fun etymology can be, visit the new, expanded Fun Words Archive now featuring such words as spartle, coruscate, and snollygoster!
    Random House - Mavens' Word of the Day
    Each day, editors answer a reader question about the origin of a phrase or word. Browse the archives, or check out the etymology bibliography.

    2. The Quill: Volume 15 Number 2 (October 2003) -- Word Origins
    Word Origins. by Stephen Neville. In keeping with the topic of October's general meeting, this month's Word Origins are themed around working and looking for work
    Word Origins
    by Stephen Neville
    In keeping with the topic of October's general meeting, this month's Word Origins are themed around working and looking for work:
    Noun : to summarize. It is also probably influenced by the Old French sommer : to find the sum of.
    Noun . Salary goes back to the Latin word salarium , a derivative of sal or salt, which originally denoted an "allowance given to a Roman soldier for buying salt." Salt was, in former times, a valued commodity over which wars were fought, rather that taken for granted as it is today. It soon broadened out to mean "fixed periodic payment for work done," and passed in this sense via Anglo-Norman salarie into English
    Verb . The word consult, meaning "to confer or deliberate together," comes directly from the Latin consultare , which means "to discuss." Possibly the original sense of the word meant to call a body of people (such as the Roman Senate) together. Consult first appeared in English around 1565, and the same path of linguistic evolution also produced our modern "consul" and "counsel."
    Noun . Gig first appeared as a slang term among jazz musicians in the mid-1920's. Although mostly used as a noun, gig also has a verb form used in the uncommon word "gigging." The word itself connotes a short-term "one-night stand." Appearing in English in the 15th century, "gig" meant something spinning, like a "whirligig." Derived from that is a meaning of dancing, and since playing at parties and dances is every musician's meal ticket early in their career, it's easy to see how "gig" became generalized to mean any paying job.

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    4. Say Anything » Word Origins
    Have you ever wondered where some of our stranger sayings and words come from? I do. I was surprised to find that reading about these origins is often very entertaining. Its

    5. Etymologically Speaking...
    A list of some curious word origins.
    What follows is list of some curious word origins. Some of these are English, but some are French and German words from which we get some English words. Enjoy, and please let me know if you know of any other cool etymologies that I ought to add to the list! Also, you might like my brand new web site, Smugopedia : Pretend you know better. The sense of humor is a bit intellectual but if you like etymologies, then you are probably nerdy enough to enjoy it, too. For some of my favorites, see Companion Kopf Porcelain , and Tennis
    Comes from the Greek word abax, which means "sand tray." Originally, columns of pebbles were laid out on the sand for purposes of counting. See calculate and exchequer
    From Greek allos meaning "other" and agora meaning gathering place (especially the marketplace). In times past, it was common to do one's chatting at the marketplace. Some of the topics discussed were clandestine in nature and when people spoke about them, for fear of being punished, they would speak indirectly. That is to say, they would speak about one thing in such a way as to intimate the actual information to the listener. Thus, the persons discussing clandestine matters were said to be speaking of "other things" in the marketplace. Eventually the words joined and became associated with the act of speaking about one thing while meaning another.
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    6. is devoted to the origins of words and phrases, or as a linguist would put it, to etymology. Etymology is the study of word origins.
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    Dave Wilton, Monday, November 01, 2010 Filed under: About
    Dave Wilton, Monday, November 15, 2010 For those of you in or visiting London, the British Library has an exhibition on Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices . It runs from now until 3 April 2011. Addition: Linguist David Crystal talks about the Undley Bracteate, a coin that bears the oldest known example of English. The runic inscription contains the words gægogæ mægæ medu , which means [something] reward for the kinsman. The meaning of the first word is not known. (Hat tip: Languagehat and A Way With Words Filed under: The Harmless Drudge
    Improving English?
    Dave Wilton, Friday, November 12, 2010 Jonathan Keats, the jargon columnist for Wired penned this the other day in a New York Times blog Economist beat me to the criticism in a two part post here and here Filed under: The Harmless Drudge
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    7. Wordorigins Discussion Forum - Group
    Wordorigins Discussion Forum A site devoted to origins of words and slang phrases.

    8. Online Etymology Dictionary
    Enables lookup of etymologies of more than 30,000 modern English words. Useful for determining whether a modern English word is descended from Old English.
    Search: Search Mode Natural Language Find single term Find any term Find exact phrase This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago. The dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word (in English, unless otherwise indicated). This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries. A full list of print sources used in this compilation can be found here Since this dictionary went up, it has benefited from the suggestions of dozens of people I have never met, from around the world. Tremendous thanks and appreciation to all of you. Why I probably haven't answered your e-mail Sponsor a word

    9. Fun With Words.(English Word Origins) - Calliope | HighBeam Research - FREE Tria
    Fun With Words.(English word origins) find Calliope articles. div id= bedoc-text WORD ORIGINSSmellsThanks to the Normans, words have various shades of m

    10. Etymology
    Word origins and links.
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    E T Y M O L O G Y
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    As I've studied other languages first Portuguese and then French, I've become more and more appreciative of the uniqueness of words. Sometimes the sense of words becomes part of discussion, thus some of the popular stories regarding word origins have come to me by word of mouth. As I've tried to check the stories on some words, I have found out that there are sometimes numerous versions. You can follow some of the links I've included on this page to get the story on words that interest you. Sabotage - I heard that a disgruntled worker one time threw his sabot (a wooden shoe) into the machinery to stop the production line. Research I've done also makes reference to a similar explanation of the word. Barbeque - The story I was told on this word bears some similarities to information found in my links, yet this oral version has some unique traits. It is said to relate to the tradition of roasting a goat on the wooden structure over an open fire. The goat was roasted "from beard to tail" (de la barbe à la queue). Word Play A fantastic collection of over a hundred links to sites on words Take Our Word for it See the archives at this site Dave Wilton's Etymology Page A comprehensive site on etymology that includes an alphabetical listing of words where you can check out word origins

    The Big List A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z. This is the list, some 400 word and phrase origins. The words and phrases are selected because their origins are inherently interesting or

    12. The Age Of The Clans: The Highlands From Somerled To The Clearances
    Dictionary of Word Origins Book by Joseph T. Shipley; 1945. Read Dictionary of Word Origins at Questia library.

    13. English Word Origins, Greek And Latin Words In An English Words Dictionary: Word
    Searchable dictionary of word origins, organized in cross-referenced thematic lists by Latin and/or Greek roots. English entries are also defined.

    14. Word Origins : Oxford Dictionaries Online
    World of words Word origins. toggle Words, words, words. The history of English; Tweet's leap from nature to the Net; Shooting and striking; Describing the decade

    15. Word Origins - A Comprehensive View - Wellsphere
    Expert articles, personal stories, blogs, Q A, news, local resources, pictures, video and a supportive community. Word Origins Health Knowledge Made Personal.
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    Erudite blog on word origins and definitions, with dozens of links to dictionaries, commentaries, linguistic reference sites, and personal favorites of the author.
    November 16, 2010
    You'd think I'd be familiar with the etymologies of the basic English vocabulary words, but I keep running into surprises. This one comes courtesy of aldiboronti at wanton has the only survival in modern English of a formerly common prefix, wan- , about which the OED says: a prefix expressing privation or negation (approximately equivalent to UN-1 or MIS-), repr. OE. wan-, won- , corresponding to OFris. wan-, won- , OS. wan- (only in wanskefti misfortune = OE. wansceaft ), MLG., MDu. wan- (mod.Du. in many new formations, esp. in the sense ‘wrong’, ‘mis-’, as in wanbestuur misgovernment, wanluid discordant sound), OHG. wan-, wana (only in wanwâfan unarmed, wanaheil unhealthy, infirm, wanawizzi lacking wit, insane), MHG. wan- (only in wanwitze inherited from OHG.), mod.G. wahn- (in wahnwitz, wahnsinn insanity, commonly apprehended as compounds of wahn n., delusion; also in some dialect words, chiefly adopted from LG.); ON., Sw., Da. van- (in many old formations, to which mod.Sw. and Da. have added many more, chiefly adopted from LG.). The prefix is in origin identical with WANE a
    In OE. the number of words formed with the prefix is considerable, but none of them has survived into modern English, and only one (

    17. – History And Etymology Of Words Easy-to-use free collection of the history and origin of over 7,000 words. Concise, clear, and comprehensive explanations of the etymology of common English words

    18. English Vocabulary Words Mostly From Latin Greek Word Origins
    English vocabulary words from Latin and Greek word origins produced by prefixes, roots, and suffixes as seen in English words.
    Vocabulary words, most of which are derived from Latin Greek etymologies. Here you will find access to phobias (fears, terrors, dreads), and many other English words listed in thematic units of English vocabulary words.
    Selected in-depth studies of the origins of Words for Our Modern Age Directory
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    Why learn about word origins or etymologies?
    Etymology deals with the origin or derivation of words. When you know the meaning of a Latin or Greek root, prefix, or suffix; you can better understand, and more easily remember, all the vocabulary words built on this Latin or Greek element that exists in English words. Learn one root and you have the key that will unlock the meanings of up to ten, twenty, or even hundreds of English words in which that Latin and/or Greek element (prefix, root, and suffix) appears; for example, learn

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    We have published four books, ' One People One Language" "Language-Supreme Gift Of Mahadeva" and More from Mahadeva: Indian origins of Basque, German, Russian & Spanish Peoples" to clean up the behemoth linguistic morass created by ignorant linguists and their minions. The fifth book - "Hijacking Gods, Religions and Customs" is currently under publication. Please learn about this morass here Introduction from the third book - Langauge: Supreme Gift of Mahadeva by Rangi Ranganath
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