By Anatoly Liberman
This paintings introduces popular linguistics pupil Anatoly Liberman’s finished dictionary and bibliography of the etymology of English phrases. The English etymological dictionaries released some time past declare to have solved the mysteries of note origins even if these origins were largely disputed. An Analytic Dictionary of English Etymology in contrast, discusses the entire present derivations of English phrases and proposes the simplest one. within the inaugural quantity, Liberman addresses fifty-five phrases usually disregarded as being of unknown etymology. the various entries are one of the most ordinarily used phrases in English, together with guy, boy, lady, poultry, mind, comprehend, key, ever, and but. Others are slang: mooch, nudge, pimp, filch, gawk, and skedaddle. Many, similar to 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 via their etymological obscurity. This exact source publication discusses the most difficulties within the technique of etymological learn and includes indexes of topics, names, and all the root phrases. each one access is a full-fledged article, laying off gentle for the 1st time at the resource of a few of the main broadly disputed notice origins within the English language. “Anatoly Liberman is among the prime students within the box of English etymology. certainly his paintings should be an essential software 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 college of Minnesota. He has released many works, together with sixteen books, such a lot lately be aware Origins . . . and the way we all know Them: Etymology for everybody.
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Nouns predominate among the samples, but there are also verbs, two adverbs (ever and yet), and a numeral (eena). One entry (heifer) deals with a disguised compound. Fieldfare, henbane, horehound, and ragamuffin are still decomposable, but their constituent elements are partly or wholly opaque. In understand, both parts are transparent; it is their sum (under + stand = ‘comprehend’) that baffles the modern speaker. The same holds for slowworm. Kitty-corner (a phrase) has been included for the sake of the incomprehensible kitty.
Skeat1 “suspected” that adesa was a “corruption” of *acesa or *acwesa (he may have added *acusa), while Heyne (1908:5-6, note 9) suggested a prehistorical borrowing of L ascia.
Countless additions have been made, mistakes corrected, doubtful formulations altered or expunged, and a few solutions modified. This is especially true of the earliest samples, but even the latest ones are in many respects new. References to their initial versions are of historical interest only: all those contributions have been “canceled” by the present publication. The idea of the dictionary gained the support of several eminent scholars. Hans Aarsleff, Ernst A. P. Lehmann, Albert L. Lloyd, and Edgar C.
An Analytic Dictionary of English Etymology: An Introduction by Anatoly Liberman