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
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”
Saturday
Jun 21st, 2014

How social media is changing language

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Sunday
Jun 15th, 2014

When is a book a tree?

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Wednesday
Jun 11th, 2014

A globalized history of “baron,” part 1

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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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