Semantic Antics: How and Why Words Change Meaning

3.59 avg rating
( 93 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780375426124: Semantic Antics: How and Why Words Change Meaning

"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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Sol Steinmetz
Published by Random House Reference (2008)
ISBN 10: 0375426124 ISBN 13: 9780375426124
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House Reference, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0375426124

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Steinmetz, Sol
Published by Random House Reference (2008)
ISBN 10: 0375426124 ISBN 13: 9780375426124
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House Reference, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110375426124

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 34.84
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Steinmetz, Sol
Published by Random House Reference (2008)
ISBN 10: 0375426124 ISBN 13: 9780375426124
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House Reference, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0375426124

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 33.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Sol Steinmetz
Published by Random House Reference (2008)
ISBN 10: 0375426124 ISBN 13: 9780375426124
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House Reference, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0375426124

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 36.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Steinmetz, Sol
Published by Random House Reference
ISBN 10: 0375426124 ISBN 13: 9780375426124
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House Reference. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0375426124 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0116254

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds