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David Crystal’s “The Stories of English”

The Oxford dictionary describes Latin word “Signum” to haveoriginated from the British Isle of Anglo-Saxon tongues to Greek andeventually to Latin. The word is defined in the Oxford dictionary as“behold the sign” or “roof” or “unabridged based on randomhouse” (Onion et al. 601). It is also known to originate fromProto-indo-European and could mean “to cut” or “to follow.”From “signum,” some of the derived terms include “insigis”,“sigillum”. “signifex” and “significo”.

Celtic’s word “Gest” is described as a “notable deed” oran “exploit”. It also describes a tale, adventure or romance.From the findings, the word originated from the Old French to Latinword “Gesta” (Onion et al. 252). This word can also be comparedto “gist”, which means a “resting place”. Its Englishetymology originates from middle French “geste” and WestProto-Germanic that is a cognate of Old English to Old Frisian. Itsdescendants include the Middle Low German: geist and Low German:geest.

Finally, there is the word “Blanc”, a German definition of “whitehaired”, on a “white background” or a “white page”. It isof French origin that initially meant “a secret, invite-only dinnerparty” that transcended on very public or a different monumentevery year (Onion et al. 45). Its etymology originates from MiddleFrench blanc, Old French blanc, Proto-Germanic that means “bright,blinding, shining” and is more at blind and blink. In addition, itsderived terms include “blanc de blancs” and “blanc de noirs”

Work Cited

Onions, C T, R W. Burchfield, and G W. S. Friedrichsen. The OxfordDictionary of English Etymology. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966. Print.

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