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.

Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins

Author: John Ayto
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780747509714
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The average English speaker knows 50,000 words in contemporary use - 25 more words than there are stars in the night sky visible to the naked eye. Yet stripped down to its origins, this apparently huge vocabulary is in reality a much smaller number of words from Latin, French and the Germanic languages. It is estimated that every year, 800 neologisms are added to the English language: acronyms - 'yuppie', blended words - 'motel', and those taken from foreign languages - 'savoir-faire'. The Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins provides a concise history of over 8,000 of the most commonly used words. The range of information spans from derivations as simple as 'a' and 'one' from 'an', to historical relations between words which would be obscure to all but the most lexically-minded. For instance 'vice' with its several uses in English - a wickedness, a holding tool - is derived via Old French from two separate Latin words: 'vitium' (defect, offence), and 'vitis' (vine) which gave 'viticulture'. The Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins demonstrates how the diverse influences on English have given rise to some unlikely but fascinating lexical relations. 'Bishop' had no ecclesiastical

Word Origins

Author: John Ayto
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408101602
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The average contemporary English speaker knows 50,000 words. Yet stripped down to its origins, this apparently huge vocabulary is in reality much smaller, derived from Latin, French and the Germanic languages. It is estimated that every year, 800 neologisms are added to the English language: acronyms (nimby), blended words (motel), and those taken from foreign languages (savoir-faire). 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.

Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins

Author: Julia Cresswell
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199547939
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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
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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.

Chambers Dictionary of Etymology

Author: Robert K. Barnhart
Publisher: Chambers Harrap Publishers L
ISBN: 9780550142306
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With over 30,000 entries, Chambers Dictionary of Etymology is a prestigious and scholarly dictionary that explains where English words come from. An important etymological resource for the expert, it is also a useful reference source for the general reader.

Webster s New Explorer Dictionary of Word Origins

Author: Merriam-Webster, Inc
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781892859662
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Fascinating articles, written in a witty, conversational style, describe how English words have come to us from other languages and evolved over time. Also described are words, like "workaholic," which have been coined only recently. This is an invaluable volume for students and amateur clymologists alike.

An Analytic Dictionary of the English Etymology

Author: Anatoly Liberman
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 1452913218
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This work introduces renowned linguistics scholar Anatoly Liberman's comprehensive dictionary and bibliography of the etymology of English words. The English etymological dictionaries published in the past claim to have solved the mysteries of word origins even when those origins have been widely disputed. An Analytic Dictionary of English Etymology "by contrast, discusses all of the existing derivations of English words and proposes the best one. In the inaugural volume, Liberman addresses fifty-five words traditionally dismissed as being of unknown etymology. Some of the entries are among the most commonly used words in English, including man, boy, girl, bird, brain, understand, key, ever, " and yet." Others are slang: mooch, nudge, pimp, filch, gawk, " and skedaddle." Many, such as beacon, oat, hemlock, ivy," and toad," have existed for centuries, whereas some have appeared more recently, for example, slang, kitty-corner, " and Jeep." They are all united by their etymological obscurity. This unique resource book discusses the main problems in the methodology of etymological research and contains indexes of subjects, names, and all of the root words. Each entry is a full-fledged article, shedding light for the first time on the source of some of the most widely disputed word origins in the English language. "Anatoly Liberman is one of the leading scholars in the field of English etymology. Undoubtedly his work will be an indispensable tool for the ongoing revision of the etymological component of the entries in the Oxford English Dictionary."" --Bernhard Diensberg, OED" consultant, French etymologies Anatoly Liberman is professor of Germanic philology at the University of Minnesota. He has published many works, including 16 books, most recently Word Origins . . . and How We Know Them: Etymology for Everyone."

Oxford School Dictionary of Word Origins

Author: John Ayto
Publisher: Oxford U.K
ISBN: 9780199108084
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Trialled and tested in schools For the first time a comprehensive dictionary of word origins will be available for all school students. Each headword entry gives a complete and fascinating story about how a particular word came into the English language and evolved over time. In addition, each headword entry includes meanings and how each word is used in context. It also includes 40 extended panels covering a range of themes like: * Other languages which gave vocabulary to the English language form Arabic and Australian-Aboriginal to Urdu and Yiddish * Acronyms (AIDS, NATO), eponyms (Wellingtons), invented words (nylon, spoof), shortened words (photo, exam), blends (motor and hotel became motel) and folk etymology * Subjects students are interested in, ranging from food and drink, animals, sports, space, to first names and illnesses