E for Etymology – #atozchallenge


What the heck’s etymology, you say?

Etymology is all about words.  If you’re creating your own languages in your fantasy worlds, you’re going to have to become familiar with etymology.

More specifically, etymology is the study of the origin of words.

See, words are related to each other.  Biology, etymology, theology – all are related to the word logos which is all about knowledge.

If you want a language to be believable, it can’t just be random sounds and letters in random order.  It has to have a history behind it, even if you only take a few basic words and develop the language from there.  The more you work with it, the more you’ll learn what sounds right.

The best resource I’ve ever found for this?

The Language Construction Kit

Have you ever toyed around with languages for your writing?  Ever created one?