Yann De Caprona

Words of Love. Etymological and Cultural Dictionary of Words Related to Love

Kjærlighetens etymologi

This is a highly original book that covers around 600 words related to different aspects of love, like words for feelings, senses, anatomy, family, relationships, religion and moral. For each word is given a definition, the origin and semantic evolution, related words in English and other languages, and if possible relevant quotes and cultural facts. The information is based on updated etymological dictionaries from many languages, encyclopaedias and books about history and customs related to love and marriage in European countries. It also makes references to how human sexuality is different from that of other primates.
This comprehensive dictionary aims at popularising information from the best academic works. This book will be essential reading if you are looking for the etymology or words, or want to read about different aspects of the history of love, or are seeking after points and anecdotes for a speech.
Most of the etymological information can be found in the author’s Norwegian Etymological Dictionary – Thematically arranged (2013, 1920 pages) which has been published in 50 000 copies and was highly claimed by critics. It was awarded with the Brage prize, the most distinctive Norwegian literary award.

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Yann de Caprona has a French-American father and a Swedish mother and was brought up in Italy. He has studied Economics, History and Geography at the Sorbonne University in Paris. He speaks fluently French, Norwegian, Swedish, English and Italian, and has studied Spanish, Latin and Greek. He has lived in Oslo since 1985. He began his career within development aid and international relations at the Red Cross, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other ministries. He works now at the Office of the Auditor General of Norway.