from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Skeat, Walter William 1835-1912. English philologist who wrote An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1879-1882) and began the systematic study of English place names.

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  • n. English philologist (1835-1912)


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  • "Skeat" is the winner of a competition by Google, to create a gingerbread house using its program SketchUp, including "dynamic candy" in the construction:

    January 2009

  • The old version of the OED I have, however, says following Skeat that the English word "gun" may derive from the Norse woman's name Gunhilda given to an ancient artillery piece -- or else from a compound of "gun" + "hilde", approximately, both of which have martial meanings. A FUNNY STORY.

  • Skeat considers the English word was taken from the Welsh _caban_, rather than from the French, and that the original source for all the forms was Celtic.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"

  • Incidentally, Skeat père makes no mention here of his close collaboration with J.A. H. Murray on the original Oxford English Dictionary:

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Tim, I just looked at the Distributed Proofreaders link Cally posted and boy do I wish I had time to get to the "hard poetry" level in time to proof the Skeat I have sitting on my bookshelf here...and there are pulldown menus for all sorts of diacriticals and things.

    Making Light: Amazon & Macmillan

  • If your Skeat is out of copyright, I can see if I can find someone to Project Manage it through DP for you, given scans.

    Making Light: Amazon & Macmillan

  • Depending on what you want that Skeat edited, it's probably available via the Oxford Text Archive.

    Making Light: Amazon & Macmillan

  • An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, by Walter W. Skeat, explains that peak and pique have a common heritage.

    Word Court

  • Yule says that according to Skeat, "scarlet" also traces back to "sakkalat", and first meant the kind of cloth, and only later meant a certain color of this cloth. MORE PYNCHONIAN VOCAB.

  • Skeat said commerce had spent millions of rands installing security cameras in the city in a bid to stop crime.

    ANC Daily News Briefing


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