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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Fr aubade : dawn song . auburn , meaning influenced by brown . L dealbare , Fr dauber ; daub . “ Perfidious Albion ” : England , so called by the French ...
Gc , moan , bemoan . mean , meaning , meaningful , meaningless . OED devotes 66 columns to the verb mean and the noun meaning . Plato ( d .
Then , by a variant of Gresham's law , the “ bad ” meaning drove out the others , and the word survived on the vulgar tongue as fuck .