This week’s Website of the Week is Etymonline.com. This site is a searchable dictionary of where our words have come from.
The Online Etymological Dictionary “is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they’re explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.
The dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word (in English, unless otherwise indicated). This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries.”
- Networking: A New Word for an Ancient Concept (TKN Audio Bonus) (josephcastleberry.com)