Semantic Antics : How and Why Words Change Meaning
Yayıncı Random House-US ( 04 / 2008 ) ISBN 9780375426124 | Ciltli | İngilizce | 272 Sayfa | Türler Dil Çalışmaları
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.