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Origins: A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English von [PARTRIDGE, ERIC]

Origins: A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English Kindle Edition

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This etymological dictionary gives the origins of some 20,000 items from the modern English vocabulary, discussing them in groups that make clear the connections between words derived by a variety of routes from originally common stock.

As well as giving the answers to questions about the derivation of individual words, it is a fascinating book to browse through, and includes extensive lists of prefixes, suffixes, and elements used in the creation of new vocabulary.


This dictionary gives the origins of some 20,000 items from the modern English vocabulary, discussing them in groups that make clear the connections between words derived by a variety of routes from originally common stock. As well as giving the answers to questions about the derivation of individual words, it is a fascinating book to browse through, since every page points out links with other entries. It is easy to pursue such trails as the longer articles are written as continuous prose clearly divided up by means of numbered paragraphs and subheadings, and there is a careful system of cross-references. In addition to the main A-Z listing, there are extensive lists of prefixes, suffixes, and elements used in the creation of new vocabulary.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4604 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 992 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Bis zu 4 Geräte gleichzeitig, je nach vom Verlag festgelegter Grenze
  • Verlag: Routledge; Auflage: 1 (23. Mai 2006)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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HASH(0x953b6ba0) von 5 Sternen Two (generous) stars for Kindle edition only 21. Juli 2011
Von K. Parent - Veröffentlicht auf
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First of all, the text itself is great, and I have little doubt that the paper edition is unproblamtic. My comments here apply only to the Kindle edition. The people who edited this fine text for the Kindle must not be Kindle users themselves. I recently needed the etymology of the word 'much.' However, the only way to get there is to do a search for the word 'much,' and of course, this produces 30 pages of hits, each with six results, or 180 all together. For each, the Kindle displays limited context, so you can rule out some of them, but others looked like the possible entry. After a few false hits, I finally arrived at the actual entry (from the 15th page of results), only for it to refer me to the entry for 'master.' This dictionary is full of such cross-references, which is fine except that they are not hyper-linked, so you will have to do another search or try to find the correct hit amongst the current search results. Thus we have a dictionary with no proper way to look up words. It's an extremely small minority of dictionary-users who read the tome cover-to-cover, and it's unfortunate that the Kindle edition was prepared in such an effortless manner that only such people are inconvenienced.

I implore the publisher to take this into consideration. Kindle editions can be revised and re-downloaded at no cost to the user, and I request such a revision. Kindle dictionaries actually have a look-up function which was not used for this product.

Weigh this complaint against the fact that this is a US$60 purchase and not the $9.99 that most non-academic Kindle books are priced at. I don't mind paying more for scholarly work (and fortunately my purchase came out of grant money, which is the only reason I'm not returning it), but given that the author has been dead for over 30 years, this is an awful lot of money to be going to editors who didn't do enough work on the Kindle edition to justify their job titles.

If the dictionary is revised in such a way that looking up words is a task easily accomplished, I will happily remove this review and replace it with the glowing review that the text itself deserves. I certainly don't think that the ability to look up words in a dictionary directly is an unreasonable request nor do I think implementing such a method would be difficult for the publisher as it involves a function the Kindle already provides but which the publisher didn't use.
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HASH(0x953b6dec) von 5 Sternen Incredible resource, well researched 4. April 2012
Von G. Johnson - Veröffentlicht auf
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I am not a professional linguist, but I love words and books, speak 3 languages fluently (and have studied several more at a basic level) and I teach English in high school, and this is my opinion.

This is very easy to use, very well researched, the explanations/ definitions are easy for the layman to understand, it gives plenty of examples of cognates and similar words in other languages and in historical languages (Old English, Latin, etc.) so you can really feel the "evolution" of a word and its changes (in usage, meaning, spelling) over time. It gives you lots of examples of words related to what you are looking up, and very good cross referencing.. The new ones seem expensive. Search for it second hand and get it for 5 to 15$. Same title, just re-search it for the second hand ones.

I also have the Chambers etymological dictionary at work. I like Origins much better. It has way more historical references and related words together so you can "feel" all the permutations of the word. Chambers generally gives just a couple of derivations and doesn't have as many (or any) related words listed in the definitions. There are some things the Chambers book does have and it's nice to be able to look at both and compare for some entries. But if You're going to buy just one- go with Origins. I can spend hours with it.
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HASH(0x953b9048) von 5 Sternen The place where words come from. 1. April 2009
Von T. Rodgers - Veröffentlicht auf
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I found this difficult to read, at first, because of the abbreviations used (literally 100's of different ones throughout the book) in each definition, but caught onto them over time. You get used to flipping to check the key when an uncommon abbreviation comes up. Once I became accustomed to really opened up a wealth of knowledge.

This is a great resource, and highly recommended for anyone deeply interested in Etymology. It contrasts nicely with the online Etymology dictionaries, since the information offered in the book is a bit more in depth. The book also does a better job of cross-referencing related words than any website could.

It's an older book (the author died in 1979), but the information in here never gets old. The new print is pricey, but you can pick up used copies for a fair price. It's a great addition to any reference shelf.

Highly recommended, if you are an Etymology geek.
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HASH(0x953b91ec) von 5 Sternen signatures not sewn 5. Juli 2010
Von Terri Tinkham - Veröffentlicht auf
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For the price, this book should have sewn signatures. In a few years, it is going to start losing pages. I worked in libraries for years and this is not just "opinion". It is a shabby way to present an otherwise wonderful reference work.
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HASH(0x953b90c0) von 5 Sternen Where did that word come from? 10. Februar 2008
Von S. Dowler - Veröffentlicht auf
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Webster's cites for 'filibuster': ...freebooter, a member of a deliberative body who obstructs action by use of dilatory tactics such as speaking merely to consume time...". Eric Partridge's 'Origins' digs deeper to find that 'freebooter' derives from 'booty' meaning to take as plunder and thence through a Spanish re-spelling to 'flibustero' thereby to the English 'filibuster'. A roundabout but fascinating look at how our politicians plunder our valuable time. Now aren't you glad your time has been so plundered?

Eric Partridge's book 'Origins' will take you on such a journey through our language and across time again and again. Enjoy it.
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