etymological dictionary

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etymological dictionary

Postby Guest » Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:31 pm

There are an estimated 750,000 words in the English language.
Nearly half of these are of Germanic (or Teutonic) origin, and nearly half from the
Romance languages (languages of Latin origin--such as French, Spanish, and
Italian--or Latin itself). There also have been generous borrowings from other languages,
including Greek, Dutch, Modern German, and Arabic.
A goodetymological dictionary serves as a guide to the origins of English words
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check out the other forum

Postby usarender » Fri Oct 12, 2007 6:50 pm

In the fireside forum, Ed Ziomek may want to comment on your topic, as he has proposed some interesting studies on the origins of words in the United States states, including the names of the various states, of Indians, tribes and traced them back thousands of years before Columbus to a multiplicity of origins.

Of course, nobody can be 100% sure of this type of data, even scholars.
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