The Merriam-Webster New Book of Word Histories

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Merriam-Webster, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 526 pages
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A gold mine of fascinating word histories! This engaging and informative book reveals the origins of 1,500 words from "abigail" to "zombie", tracing in terms from the mythology of ancient Greece to the comic strips of the 20th century. This delightful volume will help you discover how a skimpy bathing suit came to be called a "bikini" and what "serendipity" has to do with Horace Walpole.
 

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English words often have bizarre, complicated, and yet entertaining histories. For instance, did you know that the words rhubarb and barbaric are related, that focus means fireplace , and that a ... Read full review

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Contents

A
1
B
33
C
78
D
130
E
154
F
166
G
186
H
210
O
325
P
341
Q
383
R
390
S
405
T
456
U
481
V
489

I
235
J
246
K
260
L
268
M
284
N
314
W
501
X
513
Y
515
Z
523
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