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HISTORICAL THESAURUS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

 
 
Reply Sat 18 Jul, 2009 07:42 pm
lovers of the english language and its development will soon have a new reference work available :

The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8135928.stm

it took more than 40 years to develop and will be published in october 2009 .
it will surpass roget's in that it will contain every word of the english language up to 20o3 - the cutoff date for the new dictionary .

so if you need a different word to describe "trousers" , give these a try :

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EVOLUTION OF 'TROUSERS'

trousers breeks 1552- · strosser 1598-1637 · strouse 1600-1620 · brogues 1615- a 1845 · trouses 1679-1820 · trousers 1681- · trouser 1702- ( rare ) · inexpressibles 1790- ( colloq. ) · indescribables 1794-1837 ( humorous slang ) ·etceteras 1794-1843 ( euphem. ) · kickseys/kicksies 1812-1851 ( slang ) · pair of trousers 1814- · ineffables 1823-1867 ( colloq. ) · unmentionables 1823- · pantaloons 1825- · indispensables a 1828- ( colloq. euphem. ) · unimaginables 1833 · innominables 1834/43 ( humorous euphem. ) · inexplicables 1836/7 · unwhisperables 1837-1863 ( slang ) · result 1839 · sit-down-upons 1840-1844 ( colloq. ) · pants 1840- · sit-upons 1841-1857 ( colloq. ) · unutterables 1843; 1860 ( slang Dict. ) · trews 1847- · sine qua nons 1850 · never-mention-ems 1856 · round-me-houses 1857 ( slang ) · round-the-houses 1858- ( slang ) · unprintables 1860 · stove-pipes 1863 · terminations 1863 · reach-me-downs 1877- · sit-in-'ems/sitinems 1886- ( slang ) · trousies 1886- · strides1889- ( slang ) · rounds 1893 ( slang ) · rammies 1919- ( Austral. &S. Afr. slang ) · longs 1928- ( colloq. )
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Sat 18 Jul, 2009 07:44 pm
@hamburgboy,
groovy, I look forward to getting it.
hamburgboy
 
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Reply Sat 18 Jul, 2009 08:14 pm
@dyslexia,
dys ,
when you are ready to order the set :

http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Reference/?view=usa&ci=9780199208999

only $ 395 !

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Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
With Additional Material from A Thesaurus of Old English
Edited by Christian Kay, Jane Roberts, Michael Samuels and Irene Wotherspoon
Add to Cart ISBN13: 9780199208999
ISBN10: 0199208999
Hardback, 4448 pages
Sep 2009,
Not Yet Published Price:$395.00 (06)


where are you going to display it ? please tell your admirers !

http://www.oup.com/images/covers/0199208999.jpg
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Sat 18 Jul, 2009 08:29 pm
My, my, all those synonyms, including even some Cockney rhyming slang terms, and they left out breeches/britches. I want my $395 back.
McTag
 
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Reply Sun 19 Jul, 2009 01:19 am

Nice one Hbg, you are a mensch.
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oolongteasup
 
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Reply Sun 19 Jul, 2009 02:13 am
@MontereyJack,
You have come up short Jack.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 19 Jul, 2009 04:47 am
@hamburgboy,
Ill have to get my local library on the list to purchase this one.
I want the etymology of "****" settled once and for all.
oolongteasup
 
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Reply Mon 20 Jul, 2009 12:34 am
@farmerman,
John le ****** has his onomatopoetic finger on the 13th century pulse.

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=****
farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 20 Jul, 2009 05:10 am
@oolongteasup,
theres a number of reasonable and possible origins. I wnt it to be ettled science .
hamburgboy
 
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Reply Mon 20 Jul, 2009 01:31 pm
@farmerman,
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I wnt it to be ettled science .


aren't you expecting just a little too much from science , fm ?
perhaps ask the next kid at the streetcorner , he'll tell you for sure .
hbg
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Mon 20 Jul, 2009 03:34 pm
As I remember in 7th grade, we told each other it was an acronym (tho no one knew that term then) for Florida University of Children's Knowledge. As opposed to the well-know Texas institution, the Samuel Houston Institute of Technology.
hamburgboy
 
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Reply Mon 20 Jul, 2009 03:37 pm
@MontereyJack,
glad you are able to give fm a scientific explanation , montereyjack .
i bet he'll be satisfied now .
hbg
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