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  • Written by Sol Steinmetz
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Semantic Antics

How and Why Words Change Meaning

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On Sale: February 04, 2009
Pages: 288 | ISBN: 978-0-307-49778-9
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"My favorite popular word book of the year"
-William Safire, NY Times 6/22/2008

A fun, new approach to examining etymology!

Many common English words started out with an entirely different meaning than the one we know today. For example:

The word adamant came into English around 855 C.E. as a synonym for 'diamond,' very different from today's meaning of the word: "utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion."

Before the year 1200, the word silly meant "blessed," and was derived from Old English saelig, meaning "happy." This word went through several incarnations before adopting today's meaning: "stupid or foolish."

In Semantic Antics, lexicographer Sol Steinmetz takes readers on an in-depth, fascinating journey to learn how hundreds of words have evolved from their first meaning to the meanings used today.


From the Hardcover edition.
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SOL STEINMETZ, a well-known lexicographer, has published more than thirty-five dictionaries and reference books, including the recent Semantic Antics: How and Why Words Change Meaning. He lives in New Rochelle, New York.

  • Semantic Antics by Sol Steinmetz
  • February 04, 2009
  • Reference - Word Lists
  • Random House Reference
  • $13.99
  • 9780307497789

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