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derivation

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  • derivation
  • word history
  • development of words
  • history of words
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a history of a word

the study of the sources and development of words

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He traces and translates the Sumerian, Accadian, Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin root word origins and meanings.
Oxford University Press, the publishing department of the University of Oxford, announced on Wednesday that it will release the Little Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins, edited by author and language researcher Julia Cresswell, this October.
The Chambers Dictionary is the most useful and diverting single-column word-hoard available full of unique quirky definitions and word origins.
However, K Clements' contemptuous dismissal of the respected researchers' findings, which was the theme of my letter (Letters, Sep 23), suggests that his acquaintance with educational research is about as familiar as his knowledge of word origins.
Secondly, by cluing in to word origins and evolution, writers and poets can create more realistic settings and characterizations.
But "OMG" actually dates back to at least the early 20th century, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, which traces word origins and just added the acronym to its latest edition.
While there are plenty of books on word origins, there are few that cover their subject with as much style and humor as this volume on everyday words that have their origins in the names of real and imaginary places.
While you may find yourself lost within Atwood's maze of topics including (but certainly not limited to) English literature, childhood psychology, wars, and word origins, the author does paint an all-inclusive picture of debt.
LesMu also makes it possible to track and date word origins (see baritono as a vocal category, whose current first attestation dates bark to 1612 in Viadana's Basso Generale per gli Organi; or mezzosoprano, used by Doni in 1640).
These strategies should include phonetic and visual strategies, an understanding of morphemes and an understanding of etymology, or word origins.
In addition to baseball, his interest included word origins, opera, country music, gardening and bridge.
These 'user friendly' lists about people, dates, mathematical formulas, word origins, etc.
Definitions give parts of speech, though no information on word origins, and sometimes include sentences to illustrate usage.
As I run a popular Web site and send out umpteen thousand copies of a newsletter by email each week (and get about a thousand replies), I have come to expect the occasional incoming message that puts forward an odd ideas about word origins.
Dictionaries and the like can be dry reading though, so my favorite books of this sort were the ones of word origins, twisted usage, and mistakes--like those books by the Funks which would tell of bizarre origins of words which have come down to us in modern English much altered from other cultures or in fact opposite of their original or intended meanings.