Dictionary Of Word Origins The Histories Of More Than 8 000 English Language Words

Author: John Ayto
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
ISBN: 1611450535
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What is the link between map and apron, acrobat and oxygen, zeal and jealousy, flour and pollen, secret and crime? Did you know that crimson originally comes from the name of tiny scale insects, the kermes, from whose dried bodies a red dyestuff is made? That Yankee began as a nickname for Dutchmen? That omelette evolved from amulette, “a thin sheet of metal,” and is a not-too- distant cousin of the word laminate? That jeans find their antecedent in jean fustian, meaning “a cotton fabric from Genoa”?

The Dictionary of Word Origins uncovers the hidden and often surprising connection between words. Written in a clear and informative style, the more than 8,000 articles reveal the origins of and links between some of the most common English-language words. They also contain an extensive selection of words whose life histories are intrinsically fascinating or instructive. This dictionary shows how modern English has developed from its Indo-European roots and how the various influences on the language—from migration and invasion to exploration, trade, technology, and scholarship—have intermingled. It is an invaluable addition to any English or linguistics library.

Dictionary Of Word Origins Histories Of More Than 8 000 English Language Words

Author: John Ayto
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
ISBN: 1559702141
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The average English speaker knows approximately 50,000 words -- almost 25 times more words than there are stars visible in the night sky. The Dictionary of Word Origins uncovers the often surprising connections between words. In more than 8,000 entries, the dictionary reveals the origins of and links between words like beef and cow, secret and crime, flour and pollen, imbecile and bacteria, plankton and complain. Written in a clear and informative style, the Dictionary of Word Origins shows how English today has developed from its Indo-European origins and how diverse influences on the language have intermingled. This highly browsable reference also looks at the many new words and coinages that enter the language every year.

Dictionary Of Word Origins The Histories Of More Than 8 000 English Language Words

Author: John Ayto
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
ISBN: 1559701331
Size: 79.58 MB
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This dictionary covers the history of 8000 words, arranged alphabetically with cross-references. It shows how English has developed, how the main influences on the language have intermingled, and deals with new words which emerge every year. John Ayto compiled the "Longman Register of New Words".

Dictionary Of Word Origins

Author: John Ayto
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
ISBN: 9781611450538
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Provides the history behind many common English words and discusses the surprising connections between everyday words.

Oxford Dictionary Of Word Origins

Author: Julia Cresswell
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199547939
Size: 65.47 MB
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Contains alphabetically arranged entries that explore the origin, evolution, and social history of over three thousand English language words.

Dictionary Of Word Origins

Author: Jordan Almond
Publisher: Citadel Press
ISBN: 9780806517131
Size: 13.18 MB
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This dictionary gives the intriguing origins of hundreds of everyday words and expressions. Useful for reference and fun just for browsing, Dictionary of Word Origins is also a great way to expand vocabulary and enjoy doing it.

Oxford School Dictionary Of Word Origins

Author: John Ayto
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780192733740
Size: 30.33 MB
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This new edition of the Oxford School Dictionary of Word Origins, now available in paperback, is an engaging, funny, and absorbing history of thousands of words and phrases used in everyday language.

The Origins Of English Words

Author: Joseph Twadell Shipley
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 0801896436
Size: 45.81 MB
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Anecdotal, eclectic, and always enthusiastic, The Origins of English Words is a diverting expedition beyond linguistics into literature, history, folklore, anthropology, philosophy, and science.

Chambers Dictionary Of Etymology

Author: Robert K. Barnhart
Publisher: Chambers Harrap Publishers L
ISBN: 9780550142306
Size: 74.89 MB
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For many years academics, wordsmiths, crossword lovers, and language enthusiasts of all stripes have turned to this celebrated volume as their reference of choice in lexical matters.

The Merriam Webster New Book Of Word Histories

Author: Merriam-Webster, Inc
Publisher: Merriam-Webster
ISBN: 9780877796039
Size: 43.53 MB
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"A gold mine of word histories for reference or browsing. Covers the origins of 1,500 words. Over 600 engagingly written articles. Explore the stories behind our vocabulary."

Oxford Dictionary Of English Idioms

Author: John Ayto
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019954378X
Size: 79.45 MB
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Offers entries for over six thousand idioms, including seven hundred new to this edition, and provides background information, additional cross-references, and national variants.