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5.0 out of 5 stars great reference for writers of historical fiction, 14 Dec 2004
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This review is from: English Through the Ages (Hardcover)
So many times I see historical writers using words I know does not go back to that era. Etymology is often left off from even good dictionaries these days in effort to cut costs and online website dictionary totally ignore this part, so there is often no quick reference to check when words came into use. This book fills that gap.
I am not sure the set up is perfect, but then unsure if any form would be. This one starts with 1150, listing words that came from that period, then jumps to 1350 to 1470, then 1500, 1550, 1600, 1650,1700, 1750, 1825, 1875, 1900 and 1920. 1950-1990 are done by decade. It has an index at the end so you are able to look up a word if you are unaware of the time period and back track.
This is a very useful resource for writers looking to rid their words of those pesky anachronisms.
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Very interesting take on the English language and a must have addition to my library. I recommend this to anyone who writes.
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