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The
of
Oxford
Dictionary
English
Etymology
Edited
by
C . T . O N I O N S , G . W . S. F R I E D R I C H S E N
W R . W .
BURCHFIELD
The lexicographical labours of the late C. T. Onions began in
1895 when he joined the staff of the Oxford English Dictionary.
His astringent scholarship is well known from his work as co-editor
of the O.E.D., and later of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.
His Shakespeare Glossary is also an indispensable aid. Now he has
crowned his work with a new etymological dictionary, based in the
first instance on the O.E.D. but also embodying recent research.
From 1962 until his death in 1965, Dr. Onions was assisted by
G. W. S. Friedrichsen, once his collaborator on the O.E.D. and a
Gothic scholar of international repute, and by R. W. Burchfield who
is now editing a new Supplement to O.E.D., and the work has now
been brought to completion by these two scholars.
Etymology is briefly defined in this book as 'the origin, formation,
and development (of a word)'. Each word is given its pronunciation, its present-day meaning, the date of its first record and the
chronology of the development of its sense(s), and its earliest form
in written English. The principal Germanic cognates are presented,
and the relevant forms from other languages.
This is the fullest and most reliable etymological dictionary of the
English language. There are some 24,000 main entries, and with the
derivatives, the total number of words treated is more than 38,000.
More detailed treatment of the origins of English words is provided
than is possible in the necessarily compact etymological entries
in the Shorter Oxford and Concise Oxford dictionaries, or indeed
in any other dictionary of the English language except the thirteen1200 pp.
volume O.E.D. itself.
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