A History of Foreign Words in English

By Mary Sidney Serjeantson,

Book cover of A History of Foreign Words in English

Book description

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.

This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and…

Shepherd is reader supported.
We may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through links on our website. This is how we fund the project for readers and authors along with our membership program.

Why read it?

1 author picked A History of Foreign Words in English as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I first read this as an undergraduate, and I find myself still referring to it, for no other book gives such detailed listings of the way loan words have entered English over the centuries. English has borrowed words from over 400 languages, and although it was originally a Germanic language, some 80 percent of its vocabulary is from other language families. For recent loans, the Oxford English Dictionary is an essential source book – if "book" is the right word for a website that gives the etymologies of over 600,000 items.

From David's list on words and their history.

Want books like A History of Foreign Words in English?

Our community of 8,000+ authors has personally recommended 10 books like A History of Foreign Words in English.

Browse books like A History of Foreign Words in English

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in etymology, Paris, and France?

8,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about etymology, Paris, and France.

Etymology Explore 39 books about etymology
Paris Explore 276 books about Paris
France Explore 744 books about France