Words And Their Uses, Past And Present; A Study Of The English Language by Richard Grant White

Words And Their Uses, Past And Present; A Study Of The English Language

byRichard Grant White

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...but rising. Thus we speak of the raising of Lazarus, but of the resurrection of Christ; of God's raising the dead, but of the resurrection of the dead. Sis, Sissy.--The gentlemen who, with affectionate gayety and gay affection, address very young ladies as Sis or Sissy, indulge themselves in that captivating freedom in the belief that they are merely using an abbreviation of sister. They are wrong. They doubtless mean to be fraternal, or paternal, and so subjectively their notion is correct. But Sis, as a generic name for a young girl, has come straight down to us, without the break of a day, from the dark ages. It is a mere abbreviation or nickname of Cicely, and appears all through our early literature as Cis and Cissy. It was used, like Joan and Moll, to mean any young girl, as Rob or Hob, the nicknames of Robert, were applied in a general way to any young man of the lower classes. " Robert's esteemed for handling flail, And Ciss for her clean milking-pail." The Sarah-ad., 1742, p. 5. Shamefaced, as every reader of Archbishop Trench's books on English knows, is a mere corruption of shamcfast, a word of the steadfast sort. The corruption, doubtless, had its origin in a misapprehension due to the fact thatjfas/ was pronounced likejac'd, with the name sound of a, which led to the suppo; i'.ion that shamefast was merely an irregular spelling of shamefaced. To a similar confusion of words pronounced alike we owe the phrase "not worth a damn," in which the last word represents water-cress. The Anglo-Saxon name of the cress was cerse; and this, by that transposition of the r so common in the earlier stages of our language, and which gave us bird for brid, and burn for brcn, became crcs. But for a long time it retained its original form; and a...

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Title:Words And Their Uses, Past And Present; A Study Of The English LanguageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:124 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217909639

ISBN - 13:9780217909631

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