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 »

Wednesday Jul 30th, 2014

Monthly etymology gleanings for July 2014

Anatoly Liberman answers readers’ questions
Wednesday Jul 23rd, 2014

Which witch?

An essay on loss, perversity, and onomatopoeia
Wednesday Jul 16th, 2014

Living in a buzzworld

Anatoly Liberman on euphemisms
Wednesday Jul 9th, 2014

Monthly etymology gleanings for June 2014, part 2

Anatoly Liberman answers readers’ language questions
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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Wednesday
May 7th, 2014

Casting a last spell: After Skeat and Bradley

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Wednesday
Apr 30th, 2014

Monthly etymology gleanings for April 2014

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Wednesday
Apr 23rd, 2014

Walter W. Skeat (1835-1912) and spelling reform

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Wednesday
Apr 16th, 2014

Henry Bradley on spelling reform

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