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    I Need to Know the Origins of English Words!

    Hello every body..

    I need your help finding good websites that tell the origins of English words, will you give me a hand?

    I am pretty sure you'll do

    Specifically, I'm searching for the origins of "hot dog", "redneck", and "jeep"!

    But also I'll be in need to know about other words, so it's better to give me a website that does the task rather than annoying you each time


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    Re: I Need to Know the Origins of English Words!

    Welcome to the forums.

    Here is one etymological dictionary:

    Online Etymology Dictionary

    This is another place to go:
    Wiktionary:Main Page - Wiktionary

    If you can't find your answers in either of these, it is always worth asking here.

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    Re: I Need to Know the Origins of English Words!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bright One View Post
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    I am pretty sure you'll do

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    I hope Anglika's links prove helpful.

    Incidentally, one tiny correction - about the verb "do", which I know is very difficult to master!

    What I think* you meant, after asking for help, is to say 'I'm sure you will...' (and after that you could either repeat "help", or say "do", or neither).

    But in the phrase 'you'll do', 'do' usually (always?) means 'be good enough': e.g. 'You don't have the right experience, but you'll do'. You can even use it in a more extreme form [="you won't really do but I'll have to be satisfied with what I can get"] - "Hmmph. Oh well. I suppose you'll have to do."

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    *In fact, I'm almost certain

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    Re: I Need to Know the Origins of English Words!

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I hope Anglika's links prove helpful.

    Incidentally, one tiny correction - about the verb "do", which I know is very difficult to master!

    What I think* you meant, after asking for help, is to say 'I'm sure you will...' (and after that you could either repeat "help", or say "do", or neither).

    But in the phrase 'you'll do', 'do' usually (always?) means 'be good enough': e.g. 'You don't have the right experience, but you'll do'. You can even use it in a more extreme form [="you won't really do but I'll have to be satisfied with what I can get"] - "Hmmph. Oh well. I suppose you'll have to do."

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    *In fact, I'm almost certain
    How shameful was my speech (is there any suggestions about this sentence?)

    It's really nice that I find some one corrects me when I wrote unconsciously

    The other good thing that you did not find any other mistakes in my whole post? maybe forgot something

    Thank you all and if there are any other sites I can try, please feel free to post them. One of these above did not open and the other did not like it so much


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    Re: I Need to Know the Origins of English Words!

    Which one would not open?

    Try a search for "online etymological dictionary" and see if you can access it from search.

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    Re: I Need to Know the Origins of English Words!

    Anglika, thank you for your attention ..

    etymonline.com is a good one, but i did not find much information that I hoped to find.

    The wikidictionary is not that good in my opinion.

    Thank you anyway and if there are more cooperations they are welcomed.

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    Re: I Need to Know the Origins of English Words!

    For hot dog see here and here

    redneck

    jeep

    Hope this helps
    Snowcake

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