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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Faunus , god of nature ; flora and fauna came to be used of the plant and the animal world . ( The faun , like Pan , like the satyr , was pictured as half man , half goat . ) florid . Florida . florist , flourish . deflower ...
Hedychium : sweet snow ; genus of plants . algedonic : mixing pain and pleasure . ... suard : Gk sardonios . sardonic , from the plant Sardonia ( also called apium risus : laugh - bringing apium ) , in the belief that this plant from ...
Vittaria : genus , the ribbon fern . vitta , vittate , in plants . vimen : slender shoot ; viminal . vetch ; Vicia : genus , the vetch . vinculum : the plant periwinkle , folkchanged from vincapervinca : the winding plant .