English Word Origins

I’m a visual person, so I appreciate graphs, especially color coded ones! But I’m also a design person, so color schemes get to me. While their color scheme makes me shudder a bit, I am digging this visual representation of English word origins!

Read more about the study here or read the original study here. The first website is prettier, which is why I list it before the source. Call me biased.

Interested in English word origins? Did you know that Old English has Germanic roots? Be sure to read my post on Anglo-Saxon versus Latinate Diction.

4 thoughts on “English Word Origins

  1. thegloriousart says:

    I’m glad someone else is so passionate about word origins! Part of my A2 language course was studying language change from about the early 1700s to modern day. It’s absolutely fascinating how language changed and still is changing through standardization, how new ‘slang’ words emerge as a result of culture and how influential the tv and radio can be, such as introducing estuary English. Good on you for following this through! 🙂

    • wifosaurus says:

      When I was in elementary and middle school, I was a major Shakespeare fan and wrote a paper on all of the words and phrases he coined. Puppy dog is one of them. I am a fan of evolving English—I love when they add new words! I am just not a fan of abbreviations getting inducted into canon. LOL? Plz no.

  2. Bonnie Staiger says:

    Can’t wait to savor all of this and the embedded links. I’m fascinated by word origins and how word parts have an effect on meaning. I think that makes me a word nerd. ACK!

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