Website of the Week: Etymonline.com


English dialects

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find derivation of words

 

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.”

 

 

 

 

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