The Origins of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984 - 636 страници
There are no direct records of the original Indo-European speech. By comparing the vocabularies of its various descendants, however, it is possible to reconstruct the basic Indo-European roots with considerable confidence. In The Origins of English Words, Shipley catalogues these proposed roots and follows the often devious, always fascinating, process by which some of their offshoots have grown.
Anecdotal, eclectic, and always enthusiastic, The Origins of English Words is a diverting expedition beyond linguistics into literature, history, folklore, anthropology, philosophy, and science.
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Thus the noun pluck , first used of feathers , for three hundred years meant the heart , liver , and lights of an animal , which the huntsman plucked out and tossed to the dogs , or the farmer plucked for food .
L , animal , animalcule , and the whole animal kingdom . animation ; OED has 43 related words . animadvert , animosity . unanimous , magnanimous . pusillanimous : like a little boy ( see pou ) . equanimity ; the first element in this ...
About a million species of animals have been distinguished and described , of which some 300,000 species are beetles ; see bheid . “ Man is a tool - making animal ” - Benjamin Franklin . It has also been remarked that man is the cooking ...