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Word origins : the hidden histories of English words from A to Z

Author: John Ayto
Publisher: London : A & C Black, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"The average contemporary English speaker knows 50,000 words. Yet this apparently huge diversity masks a network of complex and often unsuspected family relationships that link many of these words together. Who would ever guess that beef and cow come from the same ancestor, for instance, or that lukewarm and chowder are related to each other? Word Origins opens the cupboard of English vocabulary and brings out some  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Ayto
ISBN: 0713674989 9780713674989
OCLC Number: 61176611
Notes: Revised edition of: Dictionary of word origins. 1990.
Description: 554 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: John Ayto.
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Laid out in an A-Z format with detailed cross references, and written in a style that is both authoritative and accessible, Word Origins is a valuable historical guide to the English language.  Read more...

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"authoritative and accessible" www.mantex.co.uk/reviews (1 March 2006) "Anyone who enjoys using words will enjoy tracing the ways in which they have developed." Writing Magazine (March 2006) "I've Read more...

 
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