Word mysteries & histories: from quiche to humble pie

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Houghton Mifflin, 1986 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 308 pages
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Browsers, aficionados of language, and serious students all will delight in discovering the 500 richly textured histories of English words presented in this beautifully illustrated volume. 45 wood engravingts.

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User Review  - CollectorOfAshes - LibraryThing

This is a moderately interesting book, in that there are wonderful nuggets of information sprinkled across a sea of rather bland prose -- and this is from a devoted linguaphile! It's probably better ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Oaks - Goodreads

Full of tasty morsels of etymology, I was entertained and edified at the same time. Read full review


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