6 thoughts on “Fun with the Lexicon

  1. This is, I know, a lazy but curious person’s question, but with that apology I’m going to ask it anyway: Do you know of an easily accessible source for word and phrase derivations? I’m fascinated by them, and I’m also a miserable excuse for a researcher. It’s not a great combination.

    1. Great question. The best way is Oxford English Dictionary online. The problem with it is we need some sort of institutional access like through a library. But it’s amazing for etymologies. Wiktionary has good info too, and that’s what I’ve used when I’ve been in between library access. There’s also Google’s Ngram Viewer (https://books.google.com/ngrams). It doesn’t have information on the words themselves, but you can track usage of different words together.

      I’m glad you asked this. Next time I do one of these, I’ll include more of this info in the post.

      1. Thanks for that. I’m short on institutional access, but I can at least start with Wiktionary. I’m in rural Cornwall, and beautiful as it is I do miss ability to walk to a library.

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