Thursday, January 06, 2005

Etymology is devoted to the origins of words and phrases, or as a linguist would put it, to etymology. Etymology is the study of word origins. (It is not the study of insects; that is entomology.) Where words come from is a fascinating subject, full of folklore and historical lessons. Often, popular tales of a word's origin arise. Sometimes these are true; more often they are not. While it often seems disappointing when a neat little tale turns out to be untrue, almost invariably the true origin is just as interesting.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for this, from the kid who used to read the dictionary for the stories on all the words that made the stories!


1/06/2005 02:44:00 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

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1/06/2005 09:17:00 PM  

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