Dictionary Of Word Origins
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Dictionary Of Word Origins

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What is the link between map and apron, acrobat and oxygen, zeal and jealousy, beef and cow, flour and pollen, danger and dominion, secret and crime?

Did you know that crimson comes originally from the name of tiny scale insects, the kermes, from whose dried bodies a red dyestuff is made? That Yankee started life as a nickname for Dutchmen? That omelette evolved from the Ol...more
Hardcover, 1st U.S. edition, 591 pages
Published 1990 by Arcade Publishing
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A surprisingly enjoyable read that, well, does exactly what it says on the label.
What I like most about this book is that it is written in an easily accessible, almost friendly manner with a good history of each word's origins whilst including all the necessary constituents and bits necessary to further research the paths and conduits of modern language that the word took.

Admittedly this probably has a fairly limited market to those with an interest in etymology but it's easily the best book I'v...more
Endlessly fascinating for anyone interested in language.
One of my favorite books ever. EVER. I made my dad buy it for me for Christmas my eleventh grade year.

Thom Dunn
Wonderfully readable--i.e. legible--etymologies. It could be better: it could be bigger.
A fun reference for those who enjoy the history of words
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