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I've forever been a fan of archaisms and the abstraction found in antique or outmoded expressions. CAS is obviously a master in finding use for many such terms and I would like to know if there is a book or a journal exploring the known etymology and time-lines of these queer and obsolete expressions (i.e. anent, maugre, natheless, pardie, etc.) I'd be stoked to know.


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Francejackal wrote:
I've forever been a fan of archaisms and the abstraction found in antique or outmoded expressions. CAS is obviously a master in finding use for many such terms and I would like to know if there is a book or a journal exploring the known etymology and time-lines of these queer and obsolete expressions (i.e. anent, maugre, natheless, pardie, etc.) I'd be stoked to know.

Smith read the whole of the 11th Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, but any large dictionary should include some obsolete words with citations and dates of origin (often to be viewed with caution, phrases can be in the oral language long before they are written down by someone). Translations of Medieval Literature will often have glossaries or notes which I have found useful in working out the true meaning of these kinds of words. There are also specific etymological dictionaries. A knowledge of English dialects can also help, for example "natheless" is Yorkshire dialect for "never-the-less".


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