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Pilcrow the Backward ([personal profile] pilcrow) wrote in [community profile] linguaphiles2009-05-16 10:15 am

Etymology references for kids?

(crossposted from the LiveJournal community)

My nephew, who turns seven next month and is more than a bit clever (he could flawlessly narrate the story of Beowulf aged five and a half -- I hasten to add that he had read a graphic-novel version, not the original Anglo-Saxon), has become interested in the etymologies of common American English words and phrases -- e.g. "thank you." He reads fluently, but not well enough to decipher the etymologies in the online OED. If anyone could point me to resources for a kid who can read chapter books independently, but isn't quite up to Swann's Way, I'd be grateful.

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