Probably no other ethnic group has been vilified with so much linguistic ingenuity as the Jews. For the moment I will leave out of account Kike and Smouch and say what little I can about Sheeny, a word first recorded in English in 1824 (so the OED).
Anatoly Liberman explores various cultural forms and meanings of the term “scalawag.”
Anatoly Liberman explores the history of the word Viking.
Anatoly Liberman describes how “misspent political zeal turned ‘squaw’ into an ethnic slur.”
Anatoly Liberman’s monthy gleanings.
Anatoly Liberman chronicles the development of the “American variety of English” from its colonial origins through today.
Oxford Etymologist, Anatoly Liberman, traces the roots of the word “yeomen.”
Anatoly Liberman demonstrates the difficulty of tracing the origins of every day words–especially considering the lack of consensus among linguists.
Anatoly looks at the word “bistro”.
Anatoly’s monthly gleanings.
Anatoly looks at the word “theodolite”.
Anatoly looks at the origin of the word “Wednesday”.
Anatoly analyzes some interesting differences in spelling and pronunciation between American and British English.
Anatoly answers questions.
Anatoly investigates the origin of the word ‘race.’
Anatoly muses on the origins of the words ‘peace’ and ‘war.’