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#3748 - 06/28/00 03:10 PM Word Derivations
goodward Offline
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Does anyone know of a good book of word derivations?


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#3749 - 06/29/00 05:04 AM Re: Word Derivations
Bridget Offline
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Not personally - I tend to look in my dictionary which is a Shorter Oxford, but if you go to Amazon.com and type 'etymology' in the search engine a fair mass of books come up. You can always take the list to a decent bookstore if you want to see the real thing, which is how I use Amazon anyway.


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#3750 - 06/29/00 07:56 AM Re: Word Derivations
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Welcome, goodward--
I saw on Anu's home page that he gives Project Gutenberg as a site for books online. Haven't had time to check it out
myself, yet. Hope it helps. Let us hear, hear?


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#3751 - 06/30/00 05:49 AM Re: Word Derivations
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My favourite is Eric Partridge's "Origins" -- or it was until my father borrowed it.

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#3752 - 07/12/00 12:30 AM Re: Word Derivations
eclecticology Offline
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I too have "Origins" by Partridge, and use it frequently, but good as it may be I would caution against depending entirely on a single source. Each etymologist will have been influenced by his own experience. A variety of references will help in building a more nuanced understanding of the language. Depending on a single source makes you akin to the university science student who has been careful to avoid any courses in the arts or humanities.


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#3753 - 07/12/00 09:34 PM Re: Word Derivations
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Aside from Partridge, you can't beat the O.E.D. I also like the American Heritage. I think those three make a good combination, off-line-wise, anyway.


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#3754 - 07/13/00 05:27 PM Dictionaries
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In the same line, what would you consider the best dictionary out there?


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#3755 - 07/14/00 03:34 AM Re: Dictionaries
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> In the same line, what would you consider the best dictionary out there?

I've been using the OED since I was knee-high and I can't recommend it too highly. Plenty of other good ones too but that's the one I turn to in times of forgetfulness or ignorance. Makes a good read in its own right, too.


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#3756 - 07/14/00 10:37 AM Re: Dictionaries
Jazzoctopus Offline
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I'm guessing OED stands for Oxford English Dictionary?


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#3757 - 07/17/00 01:07 AM Re: Dictionaries
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Knee-high? Shouldn't that be volume-high?

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