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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The form persists in garbage , which originally meant offal , or wheat , hay , and corn ( stalks ) taken as food for cattle . Hence probably also garble ...
... to diversion : entertainment ( Fr , divertissement ) , disport was applied to dallying and to the activities now meant by its aphetic form , sport .
Gc , spur , spurn , sprain , spoor . spar first meant to fight with spurs , as did the game cock ; sometimes , extra ( steel ) spurs were fastened on .