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Questions tagged [etymology]

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Why are etymology questions that show research getting/staying closed?

I noticed that the community doesn't really agree with itself on the subject of what's on topic and off topic when it comes to the amount of research needed. I'm seeing this on questions that would ...
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free online etymological dictionary with good coverage of details [duplicate]

Currently I use www.etymonline.com but this reference does not show details. For example prefix pro- in the meaning of "in place of" comes from Latin prō- (and not pro-)
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List of words with the dates they first appear in English?

I'm interested in finding a (quite comprehensive) list of words, from which I can extract the dates of first appearance in English. This is so that I can be a /little/ more historically accurate in ...
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Best book for vocabulary building through etymology

Could you hint the best etymology book? I'd like to learn new words via their origin.
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How useful are Ngrams in exploring English? (The case of “fit down”) [duplicate]

I've noticed that Ngrams feature quite often in threads I've been involved with (I've used it myself) but, allowing that the Ngram program can be useful, how cautious should we be in using it? An ...
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Is there a site that you can search for words of the same root/origin of the word you enter?

I'm currently using Online Etymology Dictionary, it mostly tells me how the word evolve from its ancient form to how it looks in modern times rather than tells me other words stemming from the same ...
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Would this question have been off-topic here?

I just posted a question about English etymology in Linguistics SE. I was contemplating whether to post it here, but decided against it. Could I have posted it here, or would it have been off-topic?
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Is there an online etymology dictionary more comprehensive/detailed than Etymonline?

Douglas Harper, creator of Etymonline, considers himself an amateur linguist and warns ... if you're a professional linguist or a serious student of linguistics, you shouldn't be doing your ...
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Is the history/etymology of names appropriate?

I asked a question about the history of names. The question text is asking about the origin of a practice of family names or surnames. There is some contention as to whether this question is on topic ...
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Word Frequency on the Web

I was wondering if anyone is aware of a similar service to Google Ngram for words used on the web. To clarify, I'm not looking for the frequency of search terms used on the web (i.e.Google Trends) ...
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What does the word “mortarboard” mean, as it relates to an SE badge?

I like the creative names on SE badges, but a couple of them went over my head. What is "mortarboard"?
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What is the General Reference qualification for questions on word or phrase origin?

Piggy backing off of "How important is a word origin?", what level of an etymology question is safe to close as general reference?
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What's the difference between “word origin” and “etymology”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do questions asking for the origin of a word and the etymology of a word ask different things? I see in this boards two tags: word-origin etymology What is the ...
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Do questions asking for the origin of a word and the etymology of a word ask different things?

Is a question about the etymology of a word asking for its origin? Is a question about the origin of a word asking for its etymology? As I understand it, the origin of a word could be the point from ...