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Dictionary Of Word Origins

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This fascinating, authoritative reference dictionary supplies the answers to hundreds of questions about the derivations of words we use everyday. The reader can follow a word through its many lives, tracing it from its earliest known use to its current meaning. Dr. Shipley presents a wealth of anecdotal material in a lively style guaranteed to give hours of entertainment ...more
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Doug Page
abracadabra.
Its letters add (in sequence) to 52, (in numerology) to 365.

This word of Medieval magic is traced to a mythical Persian sun god, summoned to the magician's aid.
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Feb 16, 2012 John rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wordsmith, folklorist, philologist
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