The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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T. F. Hoad
Oxford University Press, 1986 - Medical - 552 pages
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Did you know:
--that the word nice meant foolish or stupid in the thirteenth century?
--that deer once referred to any animal?
--that cumberbund, pundit and bungalow, all relics of the Indian raj, have been in use in English since the 1600's?
--that such words as sandwich, boycott and malapropism take their names from people, both real and fictional?
--that sombrero, which comes to us from Spanish, originally meant an Oriental umbrella?
These are but a few of the thousands of fascinating tidbits to be found in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology. Here the reader will find a clear and brief account of the origins, history, and sense-development of a major part of the modern English vacaburlary, including both basic words and a wide selection of derivative forms.
Begun under the supervision of the late G.W.S. Friedrichsen, this valuable reference book benefits from his many years of experience as an etymologist for the Oxford dictionaries.
About the Author:
T.F. Hoad is a Fellow of St. Peter's College Oxford.

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
31
Section 3
57
Section 4
111
Section 5
140
Section 6
164
Section 7
187
Section 8
207
Section 15
318
Section 16
330
Section 17
381
Section 18
386
Section 19
412
Section 20
480
Section 21
512
Section 22
519

Section 9
226
Section 10
245
Section 11
251
Section 12
256
Section 13
275
Section 14
308
Section 23
531
Section 24
547
Section 25
548
Section 26
551
Section 27
555
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About the author (1986)

T. F. Hoad is Lecturer in English at Oxford University.

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