The First English Dictionary, 1604: Robert Cawdrey's Table Alphabeticall, Simpson, Cawdrey. English is one of the most complicated languages to learn, and its constantly evolving vocabulary certainly doesn’t help matters.
For centuries, men and women have striven to chronicle and categorize the expressions of the English language, and Samuel Johnson is usually thought to be their original predecessor. But that lineage is wrong: Robert Cawdrey published his Table Alphabeticall in 1604, 149 years before Johnson’s tome, and it is now republished here for the first time in over 350 years. This edition, prepared from the sole surviving copy of the first printing, documents Cawdrey’s fascinating selection of 2,543 words and their first-ever definitions. Cawdrey subtitled his dictionary “for the benefit of Ladies, Gentlewomen, and other unskilled folk,” for his aim was not to create a comprehensive catalog, but rather an in-depth guide for the lesser educated who might not know the “hard usual English wordes, borrowed from the Hebrew, Greeke, Latine, or French.”
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Glossary. Agape: Greek for Christian love; contrast with erotic love (eros) or familial love (storge).
Also, communal meals in early Church (love feasts) commemorating the Last Supper. alms: Charitable relief provided to those in need. From Latin eleemosyna, alms; via Greek eleēmosynē, pity or alms, from eleos, mercy, pity, compassion. Shares roots with adj. eleemosynary, meaning charitable, which dates c. 1620. Alms in English dates c. 700. altruism: Unselfishness. Nine “corrections” of English that make smart people look silly. “This Underwood built an empire.
Now you go build one of your own,” says Frank Underwood’s father on House of Cards, while giving Frank his portable Underwood typewriter. Founded in 1895, the New York City-based typewriting company produced America’s first popular typewriter. But by 1959, the iconic typewriting manufacturer was no longer in American hands. It had been taken over by the then-leader of the industry, Italian manufacturer Olivetti (link in Italian). Founded in 1908 by electrical engineer Camillo Olivetti, the company was the first Italian manufacturer of typewriters. The Difference Between The Hyphen, En Dash And Em Dash, Explained. Cutthroat compounds in English morphology. A houseboat is a type of boat; a boathouse is a type of house.
This illustrates a common pattern in English morphology: the rightmost part of a compound (houseboat) is usually the ‘head’. In other words it’s the centre or larger category, functionally equivalent to the overall compound, and what precedes it (houseboat) modifies or specifies it. So we say English is ‘right-headed’. But the semantic relationship between the parts can’t be inferred automatically from their arrangement, as this charming/disarming Bizarro cartoon by Dan Piraro shows: Right-headedness is a feature of Germanic languages.
Editor and historical linguist Brianne Hughes studies a remarkable subset of exocentric compounds called agentive and instrumental exocentric verb-noun (V-N) compounds. Cutthroat compounds name things or people by describing what they do. [poster of Robert Bresson’s classic film Pickpocket (1959) via this collection] Cutthroats are freely productive in Romance languages, which have a V.O. Affect vs. Effect Grammar Rules. Knowing when to use affect or effect in a sentence can be a challenge.
These words are examples of homonyms. Homonyms are words that are similar, but have very different meanings. Other examples of homonyms are two/to/too, accept/except, and there/their/they're. Meaning of Affect and Effect. Is the letter Y a vowel or a consonant? The letter Y can be regarded as both a vowel and a consonant.
In terms of sound, a vowel is 'a speech sound which is produced by comparatively open configuration of the vocal tract, with vibration of the vocal cords but without audible friction...', while a consonant is 'a basic speech sound in which the breath is at least partly obstructed'. The letter Y can be used to represent different sounds in different words, and can therefore fit either definition. The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English. Source Image source Like this: Like Loading...
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