Semantic Antics: How And Why Words Change Meaning

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Semantic Antics: How And Why Words Change Meaning

by Sol Steinmetz

Diversified Publishing | November 2, 2011 | Hardcover

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"My favorite popular word book of the year"
-William Safire, NY Times 6/22/2008

A fun, new approach to examining etymology!

Many common English words started out with an entirely different meaning than the one we know today. For example:

The word adamant came into English around 855 C.E. as a synonym for ''diamond,'' very different from today''s meaning of the word: "utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion."

Before the year 1200, the word silly meant "blessed," and was derived from Old English saelig, meaning "happy." This word went through several incarnations before adopting today''s meaning: "stupid or foolish."

In Semantic Antics, lexicographer Sol Steinmetz takes readers on an in-depth, fascinating journey to learn how hundreds of words have evolved from their first meaning to the meanings used today.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 2.91 × 2.04 × 0.38 in

Published: November 2, 2011

Publisher: Diversified Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375426124

ISBN - 13: 9780375426124

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Semantic Antics: How And Why Words Change Meaning

by Sol Steinmetz

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 2.91 × 2.04 × 0.38 in

Published: November 2, 2011

Publisher: Diversified Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375426124

ISBN - 13: 9780375426124

About the Book

A fun, new approach to examining etymology!
Many common English words started out with an entirely different meaning than the one we know today. For example:
The word "adamant "came into English around 855 B.C. as a synonym for 'diamond, '" "very different from today's meaning of the word: " utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion."
Before the year 1200, the word "silly" meant " blessed, " and was derived from Old English "saelig," meaning " happy." This word went through several incarnations before adopting today's meaning: " stupid or foolish."
In "Semantic Antics," lexicographer Sol Steinmetz takes readers on an in-depth, fascinating journey to learn how hundreds of words have evolved from their first meaning to the meanings used today.

From the Publisher

"My favorite popular word book of the year"
-William Safire, NY Times 6/22/2008

A fun, new approach to examining etymology!

Many common English words started out with an entirely different meaning than the one we know today. For example:

The word adamant came into English around 855 C.E. as a synonym for ''diamond,'' very different from today''s meaning of the word: "utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion."

Before the year 1200, the word silly meant "blessed," and was derived from Old English saelig, meaning "happy." This word went through several incarnations before adopting today''s meaning: "stupid or foolish."

In Semantic Antics, lexicographer Sol Steinmetz takes readers on an in-depth, fascinating journey to learn how hundreds of words have evolved from their first meaning to the meanings used today.

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"My favorite popular word book of the year"
-William Safire, NY Times 6/22/2008

A fun, new approach to examining etymology!

Many common English words started out with an entirely different meaning than the one we know today. For example:

The word adamant came into English around 855 C.E. as a synonym for 'diamond,' very different from today's meaning of the word: "utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion."

Before the year 1200, the word silly meant "blessed," and was derived from Old English saelig, meaning "happy." This word went through several incarnations before adopting today's meaning: "stupid or foolish."

In Semantic Antics, lexicographer Sol Steinmetz takes readers on an in-depth, fascinating journey to learn how hundreds of words have evolved from their first meaning to the meanings used today.
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