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Word Origins ... and How We Know Them: Etymology for Everyone (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 24. März 2005

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Prof. Liberman's excellent book would make a fine Christmas present for anyone interested in the history of the English language. Irish Times, -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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"Millions of people want to know the origin of the words they use. Word columns in daily newspapers and numerous books attempt to satisfy their curiosity. Word histories are usually digested like pills: the user is interested in getting well, not in the chemistry of the prescribed medication. Those who send letters to the Editor also want a straight answer without bothering about how "editors" come by their knowledge. Therefore, they fail to realize that etymologies are seldom definitive and that the science of etymology is intensely interesting. Perhaps if someone explained to them that, compared to the drama of words, Hamlet is a light farce, they might develop a more informed attitude toward philological research and become students of historical linguistics rather than gullible consumers of journalists' pap." This is how Anatoly Liberman begins Etymology for Everyone, the only guide to the science and process of etymology for the layperson. This funny, charming, and conversational book not only tells the known origins of hundreds of words, but also shows how their origins were determined.

Liberman, a world-renowned etymologist, takes the reader by the hand and explains the many ways that English words can be made, and the many ways in which etymologists try to unearth the origins of words. Part history, part how-to, and completely entertaining, Etymology for Everyone invites readers behind the scenes to watch an etymologist at work.

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Etymology for Everyone
Etymologie für Jedermann. Respekt an denjenigen der es schafft dieses Buch zu Ende zu lesen. Etymologie finde ich Interessant, allerdings kam ich trotz Interesse, bei diesem Buch nicht über ein paar Absätze hinaus.
Es ist auch nicht zum Nachschlagen geeignet, wie man es vielleicht von etymologischen Wörterbüchern gewohnt ist. Ein Buch für sich.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Juicy Read, with some Minuses 6. Juni 2010
Von Dick Grune - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book makes one realize that there are two kinds of etymologies: the one that tries to explain terms like "hackney" and "jack-o-lantern"; and the one that tries to explain terms like "hand" and "bring". The first makes you search through medieval tomes and books about ancient crafts; the second causes one to delve into ablaut series and next to unpronounceable Proto-Indo-European (PIE) words that look more like formulas (which they partly are). The first yields a number of anecdotal and often amusing stories, the second dry-as-dust formal word derivations. The author, although acknowledging the existence of the second, is clearly much more interested in the first; PIE figures only sporadically in the text and does not even occur in the index.

This approach makes the book a juicy read, especially on "funny" English words; the sections on ablaut series etc. lack the same flourish and are mercifully small. Yet even in the juicy part there are quite a number of promising
paragraphs that lead nowhere. For example, on page 101 we learn that "Cockney" has an interesting origin, but that origin is never revealed.

Much too much to my taste is attributed to sound symbolism (page 212: the b in "to beat" is suggested to be "imitative (echoic)" of the beating action; the argument is that out of 115 synonyms of "beat, strike" about 20 begin with a b) or explained as "baby words" (pig - big - bag for "swollen things"). I think such claims are warranted only when supported by similar phenomena from several non-Indo-European languages. I personally cannot find back any of these sound symbolisms in Hebrew, the only Non-IE language I know well. Latin "capere" (to take), Finnish "kappan" (to seize) and Hebr. "kaf" (hollow hand) may very well be related (and I think they probably are) but I don't hear any sound symbolism in them (page 43). For that matter, Hebr. "khataf" (he grabbed) sounds much more like seizing.

The editing is far from perfect; one problem is that the Old-English/Icelandic letter "thorn" (a p with an upward stick like a b) is often printed as a p (f.e. page 83). In summary, the subtitle "Etymology for Everybody" is fully justified, but it is a limited form of etymology.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 10. August 2016
Von Larry W. Dublin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A definite must read for those that long and thirst for knowledge!!!!!!!!
2.0 von 5 Sternen Beware: death by etymology 24. Juli 2016
Von Tony Lara - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
My feeling are similar to reviewer Adrian W. The man has some great ideas (heard him on Lexicon Valley) and he has thoroughly and exhaustingly done his research. However, "I've only got 24 hours to live and I ain't gonna waste it here".
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Filled my curiosity, but…. 20. März 2014
Von Richard L. Henry - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I've always had an interest in this subject. I had not studied Greek or Latin in school, but should have. The book was informative to me, a layman, and helped in my understanding of English words and how they changed over the centuries. I am familiar with Spanish and French derivatives and the book informed my of the many words that are of German and even Viking ancestry. I also learned how long the science of etymology has been pursed and all the difficulties and ambiguities that come along in the process. The biggest problem I had was the author's use of esoteric Old English or German letters in the spelling of words that are or possibly are etymons for "modern" English words. I did indeed learn that etymology is a vast subject indeed and I find myself analyzing words that I come across now with more understanding of where they originated.
1.0 von 5 Sternen Not for beginners 26. Juni 2016
Von Rich Crooks - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Recommended by the A Way With Words hosts, but it is meant for advanced students, not people with simply an interest in etymology. I gave up on it about 1/4 of the way through.
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