Hats off to Joseph Shipley.
A dictionary as invaluable to the philologist as it is a wellspring of delight for any inquisitive person.
A word-loving browser's delight.
The title promises a discursive voyage, and Shipley is as good as his word. He's a scholarly, humorous, rambling fellow, and his 636-page itinerary is filled with the excitement of chance encounters with long-lost cousins in distant lands.
Not since the late Frank H. Vizetelly has there been an etymologist of the stature and erudition of Joseph T. Shipley, whose 26 books on various aspects of the English language are not only illuminating but a joy to read. Now, with The Origins of English Words, Dr. Shipley has outdone himself.
Frequent Word Forms and Transformations
Notes on Usage
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1. Indo-European roots
Index of English Words