Word Mysteries and Histories: From Quiche to Humble Pie

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 1986 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 308 pages
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Delightful reading for all lovers of the language, animated by Barry Moser's haunting wood engravings. This superb collection of 500 English word origins is the perfect book for browsers, students and word aficionados. 34 woodcut illustrations.

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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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