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The Online Etymology Dictionary is an online etymological dictionary. It is described on its home page as: Not to be confused with Entomology, the study of insects. ... An etymological dictionary discusses the etymology of the words listed. ... Homepage, Home page or Home may refer to: The URL or local file that is automatically loaded when a web browser starts is called homepage or startpage. ...
... a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.
The dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word (in English, unless otherwise indicated). This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries. A rut is a depression or groove worn into a road or path by the travel of wheels or skis or by erosion from flowing water. ...
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This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English.
This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries.
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