On the Study of Words Essay

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On the Study of Words Produced by Karl Hagen, Juliet Sutherland, Charles Franks, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team. THE STUDY OF WORDS ON THE STUDY OF WORDS BY RICHARD CHENEVIX TRENCH, D.D. ARCHBISHOP 'Language is the armoury of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past, and the weapons of its future, conquests' --COLERIDGE 'Out, idle words, servants to shallow fools!'--SHAKESPEARE TWENTIETH EDITION revised by THE REV. A. L. MAYHEW Joint Author of 'The Concise Middle English Dictionary' PREFACE TO THE TWENTIETH EDITION. In all essential points this edition of The Study of Words is the same book as the last edition. The aim of the editor has been to alter as little of Archbishop Trench's work as possible. In the arrangement of the book, in the order of the chapters and paragraphs, in the style, in the general presentation of the matter, no change has been made. On the other hand, the work has been thoroughly revised and corrected. A great deal of thought and labour has of late been bestowed on English philology, and there has been a great advance in the knowledge of the laws regulating the development of the sounds of English words, and the result has been that many a derivation once generally accepted has had to be given up as phonetically impossible. An attempt has been made to purge the book of all erroneous etymologies, and to correct in the text small matters of detail. There have also been added some footnotes, in which difficult points are discussed and where reference is given to recent authorities. All editorial additions, whether in the text or in the notes, are enclosed in square brackets. It is hoped that the book as it now stands does not contain in its etymological details anything inconsistent with the latest discoveries of English scholars. A. L. MAYHEW. WADHAM
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