Etymological Dictionary of the English Language

Etymological Dictionary of the English Language

Walter W. Skeat / Apr 09, 2020

Etymological Dictionary of the English Language None

  • Title: Etymological Dictionary of the English Language
  • Author: Walter W. Skeat
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  • Page: 482
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      • Walter W. Skeat

        Walter William Skeat, English philologist, educated at King s College School Wimbledon , Highgate School, and Christ s College, Cambridge, of which he became a fellow in July 1860 The noted palaeographer T C Skeat was his grandson.In 1878 he was elected Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo Saxon at Cambridge He completed Mitchell Kemble s edition of the Anglo Saxon Gospels, and did much other work both in Anglo Saxon and in Gothic, but is perhaps most generally known for his labours in Middle English, and for his standard editions of Chaucer and Langland s Piers Plowman.As he himself generously declared, he was at first mainly guided in the study of Chaucer by Henry Bradshaw, with whom he was to have participated in the edition of Chaucer planned in 1870 by the University of Oxford, having declined in Bradshaw s favour an offer of the editorship made to himself Bradshaw s perseverance was not equal to his genius, and the scheme came to nothing for the time, but was eventually resumed and carried into effect by Skeat in an edition of six volumes 1894 , a supplementary volume of Chaucerian Pieces being published in 1897 He also issued an edition of Chaucer in one volume for general readers, and a separate edition of his Treatise on the Astrolabe, with a learned commentary.His edition of Piers Plowman in three parallel texts was published in 1886 and, besides the Treatise on the Astrolabe, he edited numerous books for the Early English Text Society, including the Bruce of John Barbour, Pierce the Ploughman s Crede, the romances of Havelok the Dane and William of Palerne, and lfric s Lives of the Saints 4 vols For the Scottish Text Society he edited The Kingis Quair, usually ascribed to James I of Scotland, and he published an edition 2 vols 1871 of Chatterton, with an investigation of the sources of the obsolete words employed by him.He is buried at the Parish of the Ascension Burial Ground in Cambridge.


    1. This is a treasure trove of the English language that traces the history and multi-varied senses behind each word. Though it was overshadowed by the OED, it still stands as a monumental work of scholarship in its own right, one that highlights many surprising and wonderful connections between words (peculiar and pecuniary, e.g.). I can get blissfully lost in this volume.

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