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  • The word’s etymology can be traced to ...
  • Many English and German words share the same etymology.
  • Without question this modern American dictionary is one of the most surprisingly complex and profound documents ever to be created, for it embodies unparalleled etymological detail, reflecting not only superb lexicographic scholarship, but also the dreams and speech and imaginative talents of millions of people over thousands of years—for every person who has ever spoken or written in English has had a hand in its making….
    Andrew Clements  --  Frindle
  • The name stuck, and over time began to take on its own meaning among the kids in Clarkston, one separate from its etymology.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United

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  • Even where a noun and verb of kindred meaning were not etymologically connected, one or other of them was frequently suppressed.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • and I should now note that etymologically this word almost certainly means a "raised door" or window.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The word, which I interpret the flying or floating island, is in the original Laputa, whereof I could never learn the true etymology.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Langdon considered offering an etymological sidebar about the word hermaphrodite and its ties to Hermes and Aphrodite, but something told him it would be lost on this crowd.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • IKHUT-EIGH!: cry of the water-seller on Arrakis (etymology uncertain).
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • It appeared, in answer to my inquiries, that nobody had the least idea of the etymology of this terrible verb passive to be gormed; but that they all regarded it as constituting a most solemn imprecation.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield

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  • Its grey front stood out well from the background of a rookery, whose cawing tenants were now on the wing: they flew over the lawn and grounds to alight in a great meadow, from which these were separated by a sunk fence, and where an array of mighty old thorn trees, strong, knotty, and broad as oaks, at once explained the etymology of the mansion’s designation.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • This vampire which is amongst us is of himself so strong in person as twenty men, he is of cunning more than mortal, for his cunning be the growth of ages, he have still the aids of necromancy, which is, as his etymology imply, the divination by the dead, and all the dead that he can come nigh to are for him at command; he is brute, and more than brute; he is devil in callous, and the heart of him is not; he can, within his range, direct the elements, the storm, the fog, the thunder;…
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The blending of Greek and West Asiatic traditions can be seen in so central a figure as Zeus: dwelling on the peak of Mount Olympus and wielding the thunderbolt, Zeus has an Indo-European pedigree as a sky- and weather-god; this is indicated by the etymology of his name, which comes from a root (deiw-) meaning "shining,"
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Orthography, etymology, syntax, and prosody, biography, astronomy, geography, and general cosmography, the sciences of compound proportion, algebra, land-surveying and levelling, vocal music, and drawing from models, were all at the ends of his ten chilled fingers.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Neckties had been required six days a week when Langdon attended Phillips Exeter Academy, and despite the headmaster’s romantic claims that the origin of the cravat went back to the silk fascalia worn by Roman orators to warm their vocal cords, Langdon knew that, etymologically, cravat actually derived from a ruthless band of "Croat" mercenaries who donned knotted neckerchiefs before they stormed into battle.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The syllabus that he read on the notice-board stunned him; lectures on anatomy, lectures on pathology, lectures on physiology, lectures on pharmacy, lectures on botany and clinical medicine, and therapeutics, without counting hygiene and materia medica—all names of whose etymologies he was ignorant, and that were to him as so many doors to sanctuaries filled with magnificent darkness.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • "Miss Lucy’s called the bell o’ St. Ogg’s, they say; that’s a cur’ous word," observed Mr. Pullet, on whom the mysteries of etymology sometimes fell with an oppressive weight.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The secret strength of its etymology floods the word with another light and gives it a broader meaning: to have compassion (co-feeling) means not only to be able to live with the other’s misfortune but also to feel with him any emotionjoy, anxiety, happiness, pain.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • But Mr. Casaubon’s theory of the elements which made the seed of all tradition was not likely to bruise itself unawares against discoveries: it floated among flexible conjectures no more solid than those etymologies which seemed strong because of likeness in sound until it was shown that likeness in sound made them impossible: it was a method of interpretation which was not tested by the necessity of forming anything which had sharper collisions than an elaborate notion of Gog and…
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …Messrs Pyke and Pluck waiting to escort her to her box; and so polite were they, that Mr Pyke threatened with many oaths to ’smifligate’ a very old man with a lantern who accidentally stumbled in her way—to the great terror of Mrs Nickleby, who, conjecturing more from Mr Pyke’s excitement than any previous acquaintance with the etymology of the word that smifligation and bloodshed must be in the main one and the same thing, was alarmed beyond expression, lest something should occur.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • None of them, however, goes into the matter at any length, nor even into the matter of etymology.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • That was the bulk of it, with additional coursework in mythology, etymology, history, and prehistoric cultures.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • The etymology of ’Tannit’ proposed by Cross is: feminine of ’tannin,’ which would mean ’the one of the serpent.’
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • If they have sometimes recourse to learned etymologies, vanity will induce them to search at the roots of the dead languages; but erudition does not naturally furnish them with its resources.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The realm of the subconscious, the "occult" realm in the etymological sense of the word, very quickly turns out to be occult in the narrower sense as well and forms one of the sources for phenomena that emerge from it and to which we apply that same makeshift term.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I wouldn’t try to set my friend right in his etymology; and I thought I had best say nothing about the boy-farms which I had been used to call schools, as I saw pretty clearly that they had disappeared; so I said after a little fumbling, "I was using the word in the sense of a system of education."
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Etymology: over England; from one land to another; into Ireland.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The Cure (an excellent man, with whom I am sorry now that I did not converse more often, for, even if he cared nothing for the arts, he knew a great many etymologies), being in the habit of shewing distinguished visitors over his church (he had even planned to compile a history of the Parish of Com-bray), used to weary her with his endless explanations, which, incidentally, never varied in the least degree.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • ] [Footnote 139: What is the etymology of the word mob?
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Etymologically, the word means "no difference."
    Elie Wiesel  --  The Perils of Indifference
  • Bartlett’s etymologies are scanty and often inaccurate; Schele de Vere’s are sometimes quite fanciful; Thornton offers scarcely any at all.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • But here, as in other directions, the investigation of American etymology remains sadly incomplete.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Its etymology is not given in the American dictionaries.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Charles Ledyard Norton has devoted a whole book to their etymology and meaning;[23] the number is far too large for a list of them to be attempted here.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • True enough, Fitzedward Hall, the Anglo-Indian-American philologist, disposed of many of his etymologies and otherwise did execution upon him,[16] but in the main his contentions held water.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The Standard Dictionary does not give its etymology.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Although modern culture had erased much of Venus’s association with the male/female physical union, a sharp etymological eye could still spot a vestige of Venus’s original meaning in the word "venereal."
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It has, indeed, little etymological basis, and is but imperfectly justified logically.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • For example, there is what philologists call the habit of back-formation—a sort of instinctive search, etymologically unsound, for short roots in long words.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The coulpe is entirely spontaneous; it is the culpable person herself (the word is etymologically in its place here) who judges herself and inflicts it on herself.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Whence Mr. Stelling concluded that Tom’s brain, being peculiarly impervious to etymology and demonstrations, was peculiarly in need of being ploughed and harrowed by these patent implements; it was his favorite metaphor, that the classics and geometry constituted that culture of the mind which prepared it for the reception of any subsequent crop.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • No etymological principle was followed here: in some cases it was the original noun that was chosen for retention, in other cases the verb.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The word Houyhnhnm, in their tongue, signifies a HORSE, and, in its etymology, the PERFECTION OF NATURE.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The B words were not constructed on any etymological plan.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Some say social contract; which is the same thing, the word contract being etymologically formed with the idea of a bond.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Langdon knew it was no coincidence that the word minstrel and minister shared an etymological root.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The same and similar elements greatly reinforce the congenital tendencies of the dialect—toward the facile manufacture of compounds, toward a disregard of the distinctions between parts of speech, and, above all, toward the throwing off of all etymological restraints.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • (Bashar of the Corps is a title reserved strictly for military use.) BATTLE LANGUAGE: any special language of restricted etymology developed for clear-speech communication in warfare.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The etymology of /slave/ indicates that the inquiry might yield interesting results.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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