Save

Save

Paula Wynne's picture
Paula Wynne

Pinned 5 years 6 months ago onto Newsletters

Online Etymology Dictionary For Historical Fiction Writers

Source: https://www.etymonline.com

The Online Etymology Dictionary is an absolute must for Historical Fictions writers.

For new writers who may not have heard this before, Dictionary explains Etymology as:

etymology - NOUN
the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history.
"the decline of etymology as a linguistic discipline"
the origin of a word and the historical development of its meaning.
"the etymology of the word ‘devil’"
This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.

The dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word (in English, unless otherwise indicated). This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries.

The basic sources of this work are Weekley's "An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English," Klein's "A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language," "Oxford English Dictionary" (second edition), "Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology," Holthausen's "Etymologisches Wörterbuch der Englischen Sprache," and Kipfer and Chapman's "Dictionary of American Slang."A full list of print sources used in this compilation can be found here.

Since this dictionary went up, it has benefited from the suggestions of dozens of people I have never met, from around the world. Tremendous thanks and appreciation to all of you.

Upvote this Pin: 
0

Log in to vote
Pinned onto the category

Writing Advice

Writing Thrillers To Scare The Pants Off Your ReadersMind-Blogging Story StructurePsychological Thriller Checklist For WritersSecrets To Creating A Dynamic Character Arc12 Point Hero's JourneyHow to Evoke Character Emotion in Every SceneA Comparison of Seven Story Structure ModelsPsychological Thrillers That Will Mess With Your HeadDecide Your Novel LengthWhen Is The Inciting Incident In A Story Plot
Structure Your Novel
Originally pinned by

Paula Wynne

A WWII feel-good historical romance giveaway
Winter Without You: The heartwarming and emotional read for Christmas 2018
Win James and the Birthday Balloon Children's Book
The Novel Factory Writing Software
The Grotto's Secret - Free Chapters
Win A Historical Thriller Boxset
Pinned onto the board

Newsletters

Online Etymology Dictionary For Historical Fiction Writers
Book Luver's October Newsletter
Scroll to top