Higher-Grade English; History of the Language Analysis Style Prosody &C., &C

Higher-Grade English; History of the Language Analysis Style Prosody &C., &C

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...Goat and Compasses (pub-), _, lie-house) God encompasseth us. Iron Devil (a ship) Hirondelle. Jerusalem (artichoke) From Ital. girasolc, the sun flower, the root of which has a similar flavour. Kickshaws From Fr. quelqu.es choses, trifles. Penthouse From O. Fr. apentis, and that from Lat. appendicium, an appendage. Furlicue (Sc. to sum up) Fr. pour le queue, for the tail. Sparrow-grass Asparagus. The Ticket Fr. etiquette, a card of directions. Wiseacre From Ger. wcissager, a prophet. Some English words have been corrupted from other English words or combinations of words. In some cases a consonant has been taken from the beginning of one word (aphceresis) and added to the end of the preceding one; in other cases, the reverse has taken place (prothesis). Thus we have: --An adder, from a nadder. An apron, from a napron. A nag, from an ag (Dan. og, horse). An orange, from a norange (Pers. naranj). A newt, from an ewt. The nonce, from then once. Nuncle (Shakespeare's word), from an uncle. Lone, from all one. Tawdry, from St. Audrey (Ethelreda). Twit, from at wit. THE GRAMMAR. I.-OLD ENGLISH. 450-1066 A.d. 1. The Alphabet.--The English adopted the Roman alphabet, which they learned from the Christian missionaries who settled in Kent in the end of the sixth, and in Northumbria in the early part of the seventh century. As the Latin alphabet lacked the letter iff, the English adopted a sign from the Runic alphabet to represent it. In Alfred's time the sound was sometimes symbolized by u and sometimes by uu; hence the name "double-u" given to the new letter, which was formed by the junction of two u's--u and v being interchangeable in Latin. Another symbol was adopted from the Runic alphabet to represent the sound of th--namely, called...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236622464
  • 9781236622464