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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Gk cheir : hand , with opposed thumb , the grasping organ . cheiranthus , etc. chirotonize : vote by show of hands . chirocracy : government by the strong hand , “ the mailed fist . ” chirurgeon : hand - worker , shortened to surgeon ...
For morphine and heroin , derivatives of opium , see merbh . man : hand . L manus . manual . mandate , mandatory ( L dare , datum : give ) . mandamus : “ We order delivery into one's hand . ” command , commander ; Du , commodore .
Also palm : flat of the hand , and , from the shape of the leaves , palm tree . palmate , palmitic , palmatifid . palmyra , folkchanged by false association with the city of Palmyra , Syria . palmiped ; palama : webbing on the feet of ...