History, Days of Yore, Bygone Eras, Etc

Word nerds can’t wait for summer to end, because this October the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary With Additional Material from a Thesaurus of Old English will at long last be published. The two-volume set has been 44 years in the making. The OEDHT not only groups words of similar meaning, but it arranges them chronologically, so readers can trace the development of English words through history. The BBC posted an example here, if you’d like to see how synonyms for the word trousers have come in the the language.

At a whopping 4448 pages, this useful etymological tool doesn’t come cheap. the lists at $395.00. You can preorder a copy here. For more casual readers, details are here; there’s even a sample page (.pdf).–David E