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This 1901 volume of A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language completely updates the classic reference work first published in 1882. Skeat provides a staggering number of words, including those most frequently used in everyday speech and those most prominent in literature. They appear along with their definitions, their language of origin, their roots, and their derivatives. Those who are fascinated with the English language will find much to explore here and many overlooked but interesting ...
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This 1901 volume of A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language completely updates the classic reference work first published in 1882. Skeat provides a staggering number of words, including those most frequently used in everyday speech and those most prominent in literature. They appear along with their definitions, their language of origin, their roots, and their derivatives. Those who are fascinated with the English language will find much to explore here and many overlooked but interesting tidbits and treasures of an ever-evolving language.

Walter W. Skeat was a scholar of Old English, mathematics, English place names, and Anglo-Saxon. He founded the English Dialect Society in 1873 and was a professor at Cambridge University. Skeat edited many classic works, including Lancelot of the Laik, Piers Plowman, The Bruce, Lives of Saints, and a seven-volume edition of Chaucer.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781596050921
  • Publisher: Cosimo
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Pages: 684
  • Sales rank: 1,323,780
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.63 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2007

    Skeats` Finest Hour!?

    As Skeat states in the Introduction to the 1901 Original,'The result is less a new edition than a new book,' and 'the chief event during this period has been the publication of The New English Dictionary on Historical Principles,the unique value of which is even now too little understood and respected by the general public.The first part of this great national work appeared in 1884.' So,'from A to H(excepting a small portion of G)' is included in this 1901 concise edition. The public could see the jewels beginning to sparkle as the language is rightly deemed Living Art-Alive as We are. Who created who(not who created which!) is the riddle that lays before the student. Skeat was a mere amateur(my phrasing),compared to his friend Professor James A.H. Murray,but his work cannot be overlooked.When Skeat states,'I shall be thankful to any reader who will kindly send me a note of any error which he may detect',one can almost feel his humbleness.Which I feel rather sums up Skeat-a man of noble and higher emotions.......but emotions none the less.

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