By Eric Partridge
This dictionary offers the origins of a few 20,000 goods from the trendy English vocabulary, discussing them in teams that clarify the connections among phrases derived by way of a number of routes from initially universal inventory. in addition to giving the solutions to questions about the derivation of person phrases, it's a attention-grabbing ebook to flick through, for the reason that each web page issues out hyperlinks with different entries. one could pursue such trails because the longer articles are written as non-stop prose sincerely divided up by way of numbered paragraphs and subheadings, and there's a cautious process of cross-references. as well as the most A-Z directory, there are huge lists of prefixes, suffixes, and components utilized in the production of recent vocabulary.
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ORIGINS a brief ETYMOLOGICAL DICTIONARY of recent ENGLISH by way of ERIC PARTRIDGE London and ny First released in nice Britain in 1958 by way of Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd moment version (with a few corrections and additions) 1959 3rd variation (with corrections and additions) 1961 Fourth version (with a number of revisions and a few monstrous additions) 1966 Routledge is an imprint of the Taylor & Francis team This version released within the Taylor & Francis e-Library, 2006. “To buy your personal replica of this or any of Taylor & Francis or Routledge’s selection of millions of eBooks please visit www. eBookstore. tandf. co. united kingdom. ” © Eric Partridge 1958, 1959, 1961, 1966 No a part of this publication could be reproduced in any shape with out permission from the writer, aside from the citation of short passages in feedback ISBN 0-203-42114-0 grasp ebook ISBN ISBN 0-203-37182-8 (Adobe eReader layout) ISBN zero 415 050 774 (Print version) piam in memoriam CECIL ARTHUR FRANKLIN a kindly and beneficiant guy and a impressive writer Philologists who chase A panting syllable via time and area, commence it at domestic, and hunt it in the dead of night, To Gaul, to Greece, and into Noah’s Ark. Cowper, Retirement FOREWORD PROFESSOR W. W. SKEAT’S huge and small etymological dictionaries have been final revised in 1910; Ernest Weekley’s Concise Etymological Dictionary and Ferdinand Holthausen’s Etymologisches Wörterbuch der englischen Sprache, either first-class of their means, deal with phrases so in short and forget about ramifications so wholeheartedly that it used to be effortless to devise a piece solely different—a comment that applies both to Skeat’s Concise and, for relationships, nearly as a lot to his better publication. ‘Exigencies of space’—not regularly a fable, nor consistently a trifling excuse for laziness— restrict a wide vocabulary. The variety of entries in Origins is relatively small, even for an etymological dictionary, however the approach i've got devised has enabled me, as a result of cross-references, not just to hide a really a lot wider box than may have appeared attainable but additionally, and particularly, to regard all vital phrases even more comprehensively and punctiliously. i've got targeted upon civilization instead of upon technological know-how and expertise; dialect and cant have teenager overlooked; slang is represented simply by way of a really few amazing examples (e. g. , phoney). nonetheless, i've got integrated a undeniable variety of phrases no longer often present in a small British etymological dictionary: phrases that, little identified in Britain, shape a part of the typical foreign money of normal English because it is spoken and written within the u . s . a ., Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan. One classification of phrases has intentionally been taken care of very meagrely: such exotics as don't fall into the category ‘Americanisms’—‘Australianisms’—etc. It doesn't a lot support the searcher to learn that llama has been adopted—that is, approved unchanged—from Quechuan, or okapi from Bambulan (Mbuba); just a little extra does it support him to profit that cassowary has been tailored from Malayan kasuari.