Word Mysteries & Histories: From Quiche to Humble Pie

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Houghton Mifflin, 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

Word mysteries & histories: from quiche to humble pie

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This entertainment-oriented etymological dictionary is an uneven hodgepodge of 500 paragraph-length entries. Dictionary readers' curiosity is the only revealed selection criterion. The words and ... Read full review

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