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The Concise Dictionary of English Etymology

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The pioneering work on the roots & origins of the English language. The remarkable scholarship of Walter W. Skeat (1835-1912) was instrumental in the revival of the great works of early English literature, & he inspired later philologists & lexicographers. Skeat's astonishing detective work into the origins & development of the worlds most widely used langu ...more
Paperback, 633 pages
Published 1993 by Wordsworth Reference (first published 1882)
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Marisa
Apr 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Always by my bedside, this book is the one that I pick up when I can't decide what to read. Pick a word-any word-look it up and you have a whole history! I love it!
Richard Schave
An etymological dictionary of the English language by Walter W. Skeat (1888)
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Too good for me, one of the English learners as a second language. In my case, a middle-sized English- Japanese dictionary is appropriate, 140 million entries and almost every word has its origins.
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Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What is now called PIE he preceded it with his Aryan Sanskrit roots.
In my mind this is still the best etymological dictionary ever
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Walter William Skeat, English philologist, educated at King's College School (Wimbledon), Highgate School, and Christ's College, Cambridge, of which he became a fellow in July 1860. The noted palaeographer T. C. Skeat was his grandson.

In 1878 he was elected Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Cambridge. He completed Mitchell Kemble's edition of the Anglo-Saxon Gospels, and did much
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