Dictionary of Word Origins

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Kyle Cathie Limited, 2000 - Reference - 277 pages
Words are the building blocks of language, but their derivations are often stories in themselves. Have you ever wondered why we wear perfume, read magazines, vote for candidates and speak in jargon? With entries from assassin to villain, the authors explain the origins of 300 words.

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Contents

From all points of the compass
5
Words from classical mythology and literature
20
Words from Malay
56
Early Latin influences
86
How does your garden grow?
113
Backformations
217
A taste of India
243
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