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The Romance of Words (4th ed.)   By: (1865-1954)

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BY THE SAME AUTHOR

THE ROMANCE OF NAMES

"Mr Weekley inspires confidence by his scholarly method of handling a subject which has been left, for the most part, to the amateur or the crank." Spectator. THIRD EDITION. 6s. net.

SURNAMES

"Under Professor Weekley's guidance a study of the origin and significance of surnames becomes full of fascination." Truth. SECOND EDITION. 6s. net.

AN ETYMOLOGICAL DICTIONARY OF MODERN ENGLISH

"One knows from experience that Mr Weekley would contrive to avoid unnecessary dullness even if he was compiling a railway guide, but that he would also get the trains right." Mr J. C. SQUIRE in The Observer . Crown 4to. £2. 2s. net.

A CONCISE ETYMOLOGICAL DICTIONARY OF MODERN ENGLISH

The abridgment has not involved any diminution in the vocabulary; in fact, many new words such as copec , fascist , insulin , rodeo , etc., are here registered for the first time. Large Crown 8vo. 7s. 6d. net.

WORDS ANCIENT AND MODERN

"We cordially recommend to the discriminating reader a book altogether fresh, amusing and delightful." Morning Post. Second Impression. 5s. net.

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THE ROMANCE OF WORDS

BY ERNEST WEEKLEY, M.A.

PROFESSOR OF FRENCH AND HEAD OF THE MODERN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, NOTTINGHAM; SOMETIME SCHOLAR OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE; AUTHOR OF "THE ROMANCE OF NAMES," "SURNAMES"

"Vous savez le latin, sans doute?" "Oui, mais faites comme si je ne le savais pas." (MOLIÈRE, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme , ii. 6.)

LONDON JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET, W.

FIRST EDITION MARCH 1912 Reprinted JUNE 1912 SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND ENLARGED NOVEMBER 1913 THIRD EDITION MAY 1917 FOURTH EDITION JANUARY 1922 Reprinted FEBRUARY 1925 Reprinted JANUARY 1927

PREFACE

A long and somewhat varied experience in language teaching has convinced me that there are still, in spite of the march of science, many people who are capable of getting intellectual pleasure from word history. I hope that to such people this little book, the amusement of occasional leisure, will not be unwelcome. It differs, I believe, from any other popular book on language in that it deals essentially with the origins of words, and makes no attempt to enforce a moral. My aim has been to select especially the unexpected in etymology, "things not generally known," such as the fact that Tammany was an Indian chief, that assegai occurs in Chaucer, that jilt is identical with Juliet , that brazil wood is not named from Brazil , that to curry favour means to comb down a horse of a particular colour, and so forth. The treatment is made as simple as possible, a bowing acquaintance with Latin and French being all that is assumed, though words from many other languages are necessarily included. In the case of each word I have traced the history just so far back as it is likely to be of interest to the reader who is not a philological specialist... Continue reading book >>




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