The History of Etymology


Etymology is a word that refers to its own origin and historical developments. To put it simpler terms it means a study of history of words. This was out before word definitions. It has been here since the beginning of time. This was over two thousand years ago. Some people may refer it as Old English.


Example of etymology would be –gamous, which means marrying, in its form.


Ancient Sanskrit


The Ancient Sanskrit grammarians of India, in the old days, were the first to make any compressive meaning of etymology. It was, however provided by the western scholars that have learned modern etymology. The western scholars did provide the Sanskrit this information with the basics. These people were not the earliest Sanskrit grammarians; they followed a long line of ancient Sanskrit who had lived centuries before.


Ancient Greco-Roman


One of the earlier philosophers named Plato, during the old classic Greek days addressed the Socratic dialogue as an etymology. This was back in 360 B.C.


In Medieval days


It was not only used back in the days of old. It was also used in the medieval times. The Medieval days used it as a sign of religion. A man named Isadora of Seville made a volume of etymologies to talk about the victory of religion.


The Modern Day


In the modern era, etymology emerged in the late eighteenth century, with many texts that include Age of Enlightenment. Janos Sajnovic, Hungarian was the first to attempt to prove the common relationship on the two languages in grammar, in 1770.


Plus, this was also attempted by Grimm Brothers with the standard German Dictionary, back in the nineteenth century. The research was successful.


Another philosopher in the nineteenth century with the name of Friedrich Nietzsche the etymology tactic, on a booked called On the Genealogy of Morals, but from other sources as well. He got the idea on how to mix the “good” and evil” in things.


Jacques Derrida used the etymologies to show former definitions of words of the violent hierarchies.



Time now…


We hardly ever use etymology in this day and era. This no point to some people really. Teenagers are using words that makes the actually word shorter, or we know how everything sounds. Another reason why we don’t use it today is because of the internet. The internet lets us look up how a word is spelled, how it should be spelled.


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January 2021