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Where Words Come from: A Dictionary of Word Origins

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Did you know that 'aardvark' comes from the South African for 'earth pig'? Or that 'assassin' actually comes from the Arabic for 'smoker of hashish'? This book explains why 'bungalow' comes from Hindi and what exactly 'hello' is short for.
It is an invaluable guide to the fascinating origins of everyday words. There are literally tens of thousands of English words with entertaining and engaging stories behind them.  Tackling the topic in an anecdotal and yet thorough manner, Fred Sedgwick's pithy, interesting, upbeat and approachable Where Words Come From is the etymological dictionary for everyone, a book to inspire wonder, debate and laughter.

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An invaluable guide to the fascinating origins of everyday words crafted into pithy annecdotes and facts.

Synopsis:

Did you know that 'aardvark' comes from the South African for 'earth pig'? Or that 'assassin' actually comes from the Arabic for 'smoker of hashish'? This book explains why 'bungalow' comes from Hindi and what exactly 'hello' is short for.
It is an invaluable guide to the fascinating origins of everyday words. There are literally tens of thousands of English words with entertaining and engaging stories behind them.  Tackling the topic in an anecdotal and yet thorough manner, Fred Sedgwick's pithy, interesting, upbeat and approachable Where Words Come From is the etymological dictionary for everyone, a book to inspire wonder, debate and laughter.

Table of Contents

List of AbbreviationsIntroduction MapA-Z list of words Bibliography Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781847062741
Author:
Sedgwick, Fred
Publisher:
Continuum
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
English language -- Etymology.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.72 x 6.36 x 0.69 in

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"Synopsis" by , An invaluable guide to the fascinating origins of everyday words crafted into pithy annecdotes and facts.
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Did you know that 'aardvark' comes from the South African for 'earth pig'? Or that 'assassin' actually comes from the Arabic for 'smoker of hashish'? This book explains why 'bungalow' comes from Hindi and what exactly 'hello' is short for.
It is an invaluable guide to the fascinating origins of everyday words. There are literally tens of thousands of English words with entertaining and engaging stories behind them.  Tackling the topic in an anecdotal and yet thorough manner, Fred Sedgwick's pithy, interesting, upbeat and approachable Where Words Come From is the etymological dictionary for everyone, a book to inspire wonder, debate and laughter.
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