Offensiveness The word is considered obscene but is common in many informal and familiar situations. It is unclear whether the word has always been considered vulgar or, if not, when it first came to be used to describe often in an extremely angry, hostile or belligerent manner unpleasant circumstances or people in an intentionally offensive way, such as in the term motherfuckerone of its more common usages in some parts of the English-speaking world. Some English-speaking countries censor it on television and radio. Andrea Millwood Hargrave's study of the attitudes of the British public found that fuck was considered the third-most severe profanity and its derivative motherfucker second.
This unique resource addresses fifty-five words traditionally dismissed as being of unknown etymology. Each entry is a full-fledged article, shedding light for the first time on the source of some of the most widely disputed word origins in the English language.
Anatoly Liberman is one of the leading scholars in the field of English etymology. Undoubtedly his work will be an indispensable tool for the ongoing revision of the etymological component of the entries in the Oxford English Dictionary. The English etymological dictionaries published in the past claim to solve the mysteries of word origins even when those origins have been widely disputed.
An Analytic Dictionary of English Etymology, by contrast, discusses all of the existing derivations of English words and proposes the best one. In this inaugural volume, Liberman addresses fifty-five words traditionally dismissed as being of unknown etymology.
Some of the entries are among the most commonly used words in English, including man, boy, girl, bird, brain, understand, key, ever, and yet. Many, such as beacon, oat, hemlock, ivy, and toad, have existed for centuries, whereas some have appeared more recently—for example, slang, kitty-corner, and Jeep.
They are all united by their etymological obscurity. This unique resource discusses the main problems in the methodology of etymological research and contains indexes of subjects, names, and all of the root words.
He has published many works, including sixteen books, most recently Word Origins. Word lovers will find the lengthy, involved articles on the number of particular familiar and few obscure words engaging. Most significantly for the field of etymology is his methodology; which is both rigorous and flexible in reaching probably attributions for word roots.
With scientific method as opposed to the frequent presumptions and conventionsliterary i. This is the kind of work I wish had been available to me when I was doing research on distant linguistic relationship, and not just for English!
No doubt, it will retain that distinction for many, many years to come, if not indefinitely.An Analytical Dictionary of English Etymology: An Introduction (review) Anatoly Liberman, with the assistance of J. Lawrence Mitchell.
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