Online Etymology Dictionary

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March 10, 2013

Price  Free
Skill Level  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

The Online Etymology Dictionary is the work of a Pennsylvania-based historian and linguaphile, Douglas Harper, who writes on the home page, “This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they’re explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.”

Although the dictionary is about English, you can sometimes see foreign-language relationships if you type in foreign words. For example, enter gestern (“yesterday” in German) and you will get an entry mentioning it in connection with the word “yesterday.”

This Is the Work of a Linguaphile
This Is the Work of a Linguaphile

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