A newt by any other name…
Posted: 22 June 2007 11:26 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Hello,

I’m interested in how words have evolved over the centuries, taking on new meanings, spellings and pronunciations, and even dropping out of existence.

I’ve set up a place to collect my ramblings online. ”Lost for Words” is an etymologicon of sorts - a collection of words, word origins, and other interesting bits of linguistic trivia that I’ve come across.

My most recent entries look at the following:

* how newt and eft - two words with the same meaning - evolved from the same Old English word
* interesting entries from OED’s most recent update
* how the syllables in verbs ending -ate have collectively shifted in stress

http://etymolog.blogspot.com/

Leave me a comment or suggestion.

Thanks! :D

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Posted: 22 June 2007 04:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I’ll comment on the looks of your site, since that is really my specialty. The site really looks good, etymolog. I like the antique look.

Though I’m not an expert, it looks like you have done your homework, and the subject matter is interesting.

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Posted: 23 June 2007 10:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks for the nice remarks! If you have any suggestions or ideas for further discussion, or any other comments, feel free to leave a message on my site. http://etymolog.blogspot.com

Thanks again!

[ Edited: 23 June 2007 10:28 PM by etymolog ]
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Posted: 24 June 2007 06:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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If you’re going to continue posting here, please lose the signature--it’s intrusive and annoying.  Thanks!

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Posted: 24 June 2007 10:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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languagehat - 24 June 2007 06:33 AM

If you’re going to continue posting here, please lose the signature--it’s intrusive and annoying.  Thanks!

Seconded.

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Posted: 24 June 2007 12:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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That signature box is one of the more obtrusive ones I’ve seen on a message board. Thanks for letting me know.

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Posted: 24 June 2007 02:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Thanks for being so responsive, and taking the request so well!

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Posted: 25 June 2007 12:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Can’t resist lowering the tone by mentioning the Rightpondian expression for extreme inebriation ‘pissed as a newt’ (or in emergency ‘nissed as a pewt’). On the lines of boanthropy and lycanthropy, would ‘sauranthropy’make sense?

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Posted: 25 June 2007 03:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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24450239 - 25 June 2007 12:32 AM

Etymolog
Can’t resist lowering the tone by mentioning the Rightpondian expression for extreme inebriation ‘pissed as a newt’ (or in emergency ‘nissed as a pewt’). On the lines of boanthropy and lycanthropy, would ‘sauranthropy’make sense?

I know your just kidding, but I’ll go on about it anyways… Sauranthropy might work if you use “saurian” to mean anything “lizard-like”. But since newts/salamanders aren’t lizards, but amphibians, you might use something like: amphibianthropy, salamanthropy, or if you want to use the Old English source for newt, maybe efetanthropy or eftanthropy.

Alright, I’ll put down the dead-horse-beating-stick. :D

[ Edited: 25 June 2007 04:45 AM by etymolog ]
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