Strangely Familiar

It calls itself a dictionary, and, published in 1623, it seems to be the first book in English to do so. It is not the very first of its kind, but it was the most popular for a generation or so, until the 1650s. It went through eleven editions.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.etymonline.com/columns/post/strangely-familiar

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to write a fantasy historical fiction novel using these words? With a glossary in the back, of course. Tolkienesque?

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I think that would be as un-Tolkienesque as you could get. He explicitly avoids Latinisms in numerous places, favouring Saxon words. This is, I think, the clearest in his poetry.