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Joseph Twadell Shipley
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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 thru 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 as w ...more
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Published June 20th 1989 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published January 1st 1945)
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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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