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etymology

(ĕt″ĭ-mŏl′ō-jē) [L. etymon, origin of a word, + logos, word, reason]
The science of the origin and development of words. Most medical words are derived from Latin and Greek, but many of those from Greek have come through Latin and have been modified by it. Generally, when two Greek words are used to form one word, they are connected by the letter “o.” Many medical words have been formed from one or more roots—forms used or adapted from Latin or Greek—and many are modified by a prefix, a suffix, or both. A knowledge of important Latin and Greek roots and prefixes will reveal the meanings of many other words.
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Arguing his unique stance, "The Buzz About Bees" is utterly intriguing and a very high recommendation for both etymologists and non-specialist general readers alike.
Some etymologists believe the phrase comes from the haphazard way pigs crowd together with no apparent hierarchy.
It originates from the Old French form of a Germanic name which, according to some etymologists, means God's peace.
Members in the 118-year-old organization include linguists, lexicographers, etymologists, grammarians, historians, researchers, writers, authors, editors, professors, university students, and independent scholars.
The ADS, whose members include linguists, etymologists and grammarians, is an 118-year-old organization that has crowned a word of the year for the past 18 years.
Most etymologists trace the OE under back to its Indo-European source as */nter/(L inter) and as */ndher/(L infra) > OE under 'under' (Reszkiewicz 1993: 26, see also dictionaries by Partridge 1959; Klein 1967); this etymon was specified as a preposition not a noun.
Etymologists quibble over the exact derivation of the word "coffee" but they do agree that it was based on the Arabic qahwa, handed off to the Turkish kahve, leading to the Italian caffe.
Etymologists tell us that the word "narrative" derives from the same root as the word "know." That the story-making faculty constitutes a distinct mode of knowing in itself, a way of grasping and making sense of the flux of experience that is different from any other kind of understanding, is the premise of much contemporary thinking about narrative.
For the ancient etymologists' derivation of Mulciber from mollire (e.g., Festus 144: Mulciber Vulcanus a molliendo scilicet ferro dictus.
(De Vere 205) The common people are all amateur etymologists, and they like to put into every word some familiar glimmer of sense.
Taking a different approach, a few imaginative etymologists have theorized that the drink is so called because it cocks the imbiber's tail, like a cock-tailed horse whose tail has been docked short.