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During modern times, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm serve as good examples of professional etymologists.
Having a name can mean different things to psychologists, folklorists, etymologists, or anthropologists.
Learned etymologists have tracked down a varied linguistic background for the verb learn.
It was only after the attack of the amateur folk etymologists starting in the 1940s that it even became an issue, and the battle has raged since.
There is a possibility of comparison with Lat terra 'earth, land, country, the earth', derived by some etymologists from IE *ter'spread out, extend' and further to OIr, Wels, Bret tir 'land, country' (Tucker 241) (E-M 687-8).
Arguing his unique stance, "The Buzz About Bees" is utterly intriguing and a very high recommendation for both etymologists and non-specialist general readers alike.
Some etymologists believe the phrase comes from the haphazard way pigs crowd together with no apparent hierarchy.
It originates from the Old French form of a Germanic name which, according to some etymologists, means God's peace.
Members in the 118-year-old organization include linguists, lexicographers, etymologists, grammarians, historians, researchers, writers, authors, editors, professors, university students, and independent scholars.
The ADS, whose members include linguists, etymologists and grammarians, is an 118-year-old organization that has crowned a word of the year for the past 18 years.
Most etymologists trace the OE under back to its Indo-European source as */nter/(L inter) and as */ndher/(L infra) > OE under 'under' (Reszkiewicz 1993: 26, see also dictionaries by Partridge 1959; Klein 1967); this etymon was specified as a preposition not a noun.
Etymologists quibble over the exact derivation of the word "coffee" but they do agree that it was based on the Arabic qahwa, handed off to the Turkish kahve, leading to the Italian caffe.
Etymologists tell us that the word "narrative" derives from the same root as the word "know.
De Vere 205) The common people are all amateur etymologists, and they like to put into every word some familiar glimmer of sense.