The Oxford Companion to the English Language
First published in 1992, "The Oxford Companion to the English Language" was described by "The Times" as an "excellent guide to the history, geography and contours of English, " one that "immediately establishes itself as a necessary book." A carefully planned shorter version of the "Oxford Companion to the English Language," this new "Concise" volume concentrates on the central themes in the language: grammar, usage, dialect, pronunciation, and the history of English. Within each theme all the key subjects are covered, and individual entries offer all the most essential information from the parent "Companion."
With nearly 2,000 articles in A-Z format the "Concise Companion" is an ideal reference for both students and general readers wanting access to the highly readable scholarship of the "Companion" in a portable and affordable volume.
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Many words, however, cannot be taken so far back; the recorded evidence does
not suffice, and so etymologists may tag a word 'o.o.o.' (of obscure origin) or '
origin unknown'. Historical changes in meaning are un- patterned, because ...
(2) In words of Greek origin, after r: catarrh, h(a)emor- rhage, rhapsody,
rhinoceros, rhododendron. Rhyme (also rime) is so spelt by analogy with rhythm.
(3) In Thames, thyme, and sometimes Anthony. (4) By elision after a stressed
Other varieties include a Judezmo-influenced English used by Sephardim (Jews
of Spanish origin or descent), a 19c variety of AusE, and a formal variety that
uses general English words, such as academy for Yiddish-origin yeshiva,
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