The roots of English: a reader's handbook of word origins
Starting with the mysterious origins of many of our most common English words, The Roots of English shows in a concise, dictionary-style format how they "grew" over thousands of years into the words we use today.
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Review: The Roots of EnglishUser Review - Lora - Goodreads
The introduction was interesting, but the body of the book is strictly reference, and boring: just a list of root words and their definitions, as best we can tell. They're mostly Indo-European, with a few Germanic ones tossed in; interesting, but not much fun to read, so I stopped about page 30. Read full review
Review: The Roots of EnglishUser Review - Goodreads
A useful reference work on etymology. Traces our English words to their roots—frequently through the Germanic or Dutch to the most probable Indo-Aryan origins.
Dictionary of Word Origins: Histories of More Than 8,000 English-Language Words
No preview available - 1993