ENGLISH ETYMOLOGIES FROM THE POPULAR REGISTER (I)

William Sayers

Abstrakt

Difficulties in tracing the etymology of lexical isolates and loans from other languages are exemplified in the discussion of a gathering of English words previously without satisfactory explanations of origin. In particular, recognition of the adstratum effects of the Irish language on British English over several centuries prompts a call not only for numerous revisions to entries in our standard lexicographical reference works but for a fundamental rethinking of relations between these multiply overlapping speech communities.

Słowa kluczowe: English etymology, lexical transfers, balderdash, gander, gawk, hurdy-gurdy, shenanigan, snook
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