We Need Diverse Ya Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Q&A | June 5, 2015

    Chip Kidd: IMG Powell's Q&A: Chip Kidd



    Describe your latest book. Judge This is a book that evolved out of discussions with the TED Books team, chiefly my editor Michelle Quint. It is a... Continue »
    1. $11.89 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      Judge This

      Chip Kidd 9781476784786

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$14.95
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
21 Local Warehouse Reference- Words Phrases and Language
4 Remote Warehouse Reference- Words Phrases and Language

Dictionary of Word Origins: The Histories of More Than 8,000 English-Language Words

by

Dictionary of Word Origins: The Histories of More Than 8,000 English-Language Words Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

For reference or for fun, here are the origins of thousands of English words. A mini OED!

About the Author

John Atyo is a writer and lexicographer. He is the author (with Ian Crofton) of Brewer's Britain and Ireland. His authorial credits include The Oxford Dictionary of Slang, The Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins, Twentieth Century Words, and Dictionary of Word Origins. He was a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Food. Atyo lives in London, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781611450538
Author:
Ayton, John
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Subject:
Word Lists
Subject:
Reference-Words Phrases and Language
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.00000 x 6.00000 in

Other books you might like

  1. Word Origins: A Classic Exploration... Used Hardcover $8.95

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Reference » Dictionaries » General
Reference » Etymology
Reference » Words Phrases and Language

Dictionary of Word Origins: The Histories of More Than 8,000 English-Language Words New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$14.95 In Stock
Product details 592 pages Arcade Publishing - English 9781611450538 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , For reference or for fun, here are the origins of thousands of English words. A mini OED!
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.