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*Names, Words, and their Origins*

What's in a name? - What's Lexicology?

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Lexicology

The science of the derivation and signification of words; that branch of learning which treats of the signification and application of words.


Etymology

1. That branch of philological science which treats of the history of words, tracing out their origin, primitive significance, and changes of form and meaning.

2. That part of grammar which relates to the changes in the form of the words in a language; inflection.

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

Onomastics

1. n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
a. The study of the origins and forms of proper names.
b. The study of the origins and forms of terms used in specialized fields.
2. The system that underlies the formation and use of proper names or terms used in specialized fields.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

It's pretty simple - ever since I was a little girl, I've been fascinated with names - be it a person's name or a city's name, etc. - and it's origins, which led to me studying linguistics and words - and eventually, culture and civilization, as well - I study the world. This community is established for individuals to add names or words of any kind and their origins to the community journal. Then, they'll be added to a website specifically for this community. Don't argue about meanings or spellings - there are diminutives of all kinds when it comes to names (and words) and origins, and all are welcomed. Anything else that is connected with names and their origins are welcomed, as well. It's okay to get a little off topic. With that said,

Enjoy :P


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