вторник, 24 мая 2016 г.

etymology

etymology


etymology


Occasionally people make the mistake of asking me where a word comes from. They never make this mistake twice. I am naturally a stern and silent fellow; even forbidding. But there's something about etymology and where words come from that overcomes my inbuilt taciturnity. Mark Forsyth, Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language, 2011


Thus have I have gone from trying to remember the name of a Salinger short story (“Last Day of the Last Furlough”) to looking up the etymology of “furlough” (Dutch) to wondering whether it had any relationship to “furlong” (no) to jogging my memory about the exact distance represented by that unit of measure (an eighth of a mile), to watching approximately every major horse race since the development of the movie camera. Kathryn Schulz, \"The Rabbit-Hole Rabbit Hole,\" The New Yorker, June 4, 2015


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