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Word histories and mysteries : from abracadabra to Zeus

Author: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., ©2004.
Edition/Format:   book_printbook : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Word Histories and Mysteries explores the origins of hundreds of the most interesting words in the English language."
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Houghton Mifflin Company.
ISBN: 0618454500 9780618454501
OCLC Number: 55746553
Description: xvi, 348 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: The Indo-European Family of Languages.
Other Titles: American Heritage dictionary.
Responsibility: from the editors of the American Heritage dictionaries.
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"Word Histories and Mysteries explores the origins of hundreds of the most interesting words in the English language."

"Language aficionados will discover the unexpected links between such seemingly unrelated words as guest, hostility, and xenophobia - hidden connections often dating back over six thousand years ago to Proto-Indo-European, the ancestor of English spoken long before the invention of writing. English has also borrowed extensively from a veritable Babel of the world's tongues, both ancient and modern, and readers can trace here all the surprising twists and turns that words have made on their way into everyday use. The techniques that linguists use to follow the history of words are carefully explained along the way, and dozens of photographs and drawings illustrate the eclectic pleasures of English etymology."--Jacket.

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