The Origins of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots

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Johns Hopkins University Press
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5.9 X 9.0 X 1.6 inches | 2.12 pounds

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About the Author

Joseph Twadell Shipley is the author of the highly acclaimed In Praise of English as well as twenty-six other books, including The Quest for Literature, Dictionary of Word Origins, and Dictionary of Early English. In a long and distinguished career he was president of the New York Drama Critics Circle, was a founder of Yeshiva College, and taught at the City College of New York.


Hats off to Joseph Shipley.
--William Safire, New York Times
A dictionary as invaluable to the philologist as it is a wellspring of delight for any inquisitive person.
A word-loving browser's delight.
--Atlantic Monthly
The title promises a discursive voyage, and Shipley is as good as his word. He's a scholarly, humorous, rambling fellow, and his 636-page itinerary is filled with the excitement of chance encounters with long-lost cousins in distant lands.
Not since the late Frank H. Vizetelly has there been an etymologist of the stature and erudition of Joseph T. Shipley, whose 26 books on various aspects of the English language are not only illuminating but a joy to read. Now, with The Origins of English Words, Dr. Shipley has outdone himself.
--West Coast Review of Books