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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Metamorphosis is a full change of shape . The itis suffix is used to mean enlarged or inflamed : tonsilitis , appendicitis . An atom ( Greek a , not ; temnein , tom , to cut ) is the tiniest item , which cannot be divided - though now ...
The geranium , from its shape , is also called crane's - bill . L , grackle . Gc , cranberry , earlier craneberry ( see bhel 1 ) . crake , croak , crow . Fr , pedigree : foot of crane , the shape of the “ family tree .
Papilio : genus of butterflies . papillon : spaniel , from the shape of its ears . mariposa lily is from Sp mariposa : butterfly , a folkchanged blend of piety and beauty - Maria , blessed mother of Jesus , and pausa : a moment of ...