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ENG 3060: The English Language

Selecting Words for the Language Detective Assignment

Check the Oxford English Dictionary to: 1) read definitions of the 5 unusual words in contemporary English that you've selected for the assignment, 2) make sure the 3 "new" words you've selected are not in the dictionary:

Exploring the Etymology of English Words

Use resources like these to find etymological information and write "biographies" of your chosen words/phrases:


Reference Books (use in library) - all located in the 422s Dewey Decimal ranges which focus on etymology

Find even more reference books on etymology with this subject: English language -- Etymology -- Dictionaries