Wednesday Jun 18th, 2014

A globalized history of “baron,” part 2

I will begin with a short summary of the previous post. In English texts, the noun baron surfaced in 1200, which means that it became current not much earlier than the end of the twelfth century. It has been traced to Semitic (a fanciful derivation), Celtic, Latin (a variety of proposals), and Germanic. The Old English words beorn “man; fighter, warrior” and bearn “child… read more »

Saturday Jul 5th, 2014

The first rule of football is… don’t call it soccer

Looking at the etymologies of the words “soccer” and “football”
Wednesday Jun 25th, 2014

Marquises and other important people keeping up to the mark

Anatoly Liberman on the various forms of ‘mark’
Saturday Jun 21st, 2014

How social media is changing language

Sunday Jun 15th, 2014

When is a book a tree?

The etymology of the word ‘book’
Wednesday
Jun 11th, 2014

A globalized history of “baron,” part 1

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Wednesday
Jun 4th, 2014

Fishing in the “roiling” waters of etymology

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Wednesday
May 28th, 2014

Monthly etymology gleanings for May 2014

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Wednesday
May 21st, 2014

Small triumphs of etymology: “oof”

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Wednesday
May 14th, 2014

Little triumphs of etymology: “pedigree”

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Saturday
Apr 19th, 2014

Henry James, or, on the business of being a thing

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Wednesday
Apr 16th, 2014

Henry Bradley on spelling reform

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Saturday
Apr 5th, 2014

Word histories: conscious uncoupling

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Wednesday
Apr 2nd, 2014

Etymology as a profession

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