Dictionary of Word Origins

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Arcade, 1993 - Reference - 582 pages
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Containing more than eight thousand entries, this guide to the history of the English language traces word origins from their Indo-European roots and reveals the links between seemingly unrelated words such as "bacteria" and "imbecile"

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It is impossible to imagine there is anyone who loves books who does not also love words. Often words seem to have a life of their own, not just something to emphasize another word but an entity to ... Read full review

Dictionary of word origins

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An alphabetical listing of some 8000 English words with their histories, this book omits other dictionary features such as pronunciation, part of speech, and, in most cases, definitions. It is ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

John Ayto is an experienced lexicographer and author of many language titles. He is chief etymologist on the Bloomsbury English Dictionary.

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