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The Oxford Dictionary of Word Histories

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The Oxford Dictionary of Word Histories describes the origins and sense development of over 11,000 words in the English language. Well-known idioms such as "say it with flowers" are highlighted with the dates of their original use and how and when they came about. Colorful popular beliefs are explored about the origins of words like "posh" and "snob," and insights are given into our social history revealed by language development such as the connection in a Roman soldier's mind of "salary" with salt. Throughout, boxed word-building elements show the various meanings of shared "relationships" between words.

About the Author

Glynnis Chantrell is Senior Editor in the English Language Teaching department at OUP. For several years she was Senior Editor in the Dictionaries department, working on many books including the Concise Oxford Dictionary (9th edn), and the New Oxford Dictionary of English (responsible for Word Histories). Glynnis taught modern languges for many years, and is multi-lingual. She has taught at every level, including adults.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Introduction

Main dictionary

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198631217
Editor:
Chantrell, Glynnis
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Editor:
Chantrell, Glynnis
Author:
null, Glynnis
Author:
Chantrell, Glynnis
Location:
Oxford England
Subject:
Etymology
Subject:
Reference | English Usage Guides
Copyright:
Series Volume:
107-24
Publication Date:
20021018
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
420
Dimensions:
6.7 x 9.3 x 1.5 in 2.044 lb

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