from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A specialist in etymology.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lexicographer or linguist who specializes in etymology (the origins of words)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who investigates the derivation of words.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One versed in etymology; one who specially studies, teaches, or writes the history of words; a historian of words.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a lexicographer who specializes in etymology
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Google agrees, an etymologist is an expert in language, which is kind of ironic.
Interesting also, that Ehrlich was not an economist, agronomist or even demographer but rather an etymologist, an expert in insect biology.
I would have solved the problem by demonstrating that the use of the term “etymologist” was intentional, as follows:
Hmmm, if your editor cant differentiate between entomologist and etymologist then I think you need to scale his powers back a bit.
The verb mṛṇā́ti 'crushes, grinds' is always available to the Sanskrit etymologist but a verb root paralleling Greek marmáirein 'to shine' is absent.
I guess that's just another example of the wild and unpredictable world of the etymologist.
Breaking from TheGreenGrok formula of sharp, cutting-edge pieces on the environment, let's discuss words -- let us surreptitiously slip into the world of the etymologist for a few minutes.
Credit: I enjoyed the origins of words and considered myself a budding etymologist, which I believe every poet intuitively becomes once they decide to use language as material for imaginative thinking.
Very interesting insights into the thinking of a spelling bee champion in my opinion however, as a hobby etymologist and someone who did reasonable in spelling competitions at that age you can see how he dissects the word to deduce the spelling.
According to the botanist and the etymologist who analyzed the skeletal remains, they said that grass and insects in those remains showed that the body had been there since June.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.