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"Anglish" is a variation on modern English that avoids or replaces all words that have non-Anglo-Saxon roots.

I'm working on a story where I'll need to convert a lot of dialogue (just for a single character) into the Anglish register of English -- omitting loan words of French, Latin & Greek origin, among other things. Many of the relevant resource I've found are written in Anglish, which makes them supremely difficult to navigate in the same way as a stock thesaurus, and the single automated converter I found has very little in the way of context sensitivity and frequently mistranslates.

Are there any easy-to-access tools I can use to determine the etymology of words on the fly? Any beginner-friendly Anglish glossaries or dictionaries online? Some kind of thesaurus tool with the ability to sort by origin would be a godsend. Thank you in advance!

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  • Does your character limit vocabulary for reasons other than elitism and xenophobia? I worked on a project whose standard excluded basic English words that centuries ago came from Latin, e.g., either etcetera or etc. Also, that abbreviation (e.g.). Jan 8 at 18:18
  • @YosefBaskin Erm, what do you mean? My use of the register is intended to create a particular rhythm and cadence that distinguishes the character in question, not make any value judgement on what's the "correct" way to communicate, or anything like that.
    – dweeblet
    Jan 9 at 5:03
  • How will your reader notice that the character uses no 'foreign' words? Jan 9 at 22:42
  • @YosefBaskin They probably won't, at least not consciously. The character in question is functionally a sentient curse, so it's a creative choice that -- perhaps ironically -- helps to make the way she speaks feel foreign and off-kilter to the modern listener's ear.
    – dweeblet
    Jan 10 at 6:00
  • Are you excluding words of Norse origin too? Celtic?
    – Weckar E.
    Jan 11 at 9:05

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