There exists no universal "recipe" for anything beyond some simple things. The rule is that you are allowed to post the newsletter for free on the Thursday after the Monday that subscribers get it.We will be unable to continue the work required to create the newsletter without the support of our subscribers.What is said here is just a particular way to look at things, but it does not imply that you are forced to agree with anything said here, or anywhere for that matter.Everyone has its own points of view, interests, understanding and so on. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.
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This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries.
The basic sources of this work are Weekley's "An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English," Klein's "A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language," "Oxford English Dictionary" (second edition), "Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology," Holthausen's "Etymologisches Wörterbuch der Englischen Sprache," and Kipfer and Chapman's "Dictionary of American Slang." A full list of print sources used in this compilation can be found here.