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Fully revised and updated, THE AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY OF INDO-EUROPEAN ROOTS remains an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the history of English and its place in the Indo-European language family. More than 13,000 words are traced to their origins in Proto-Indo-European, the prehistoric ancestor of English that was spoken before the advent of writing. I ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 14th 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published February 12th 1985)
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Dean Mathiowetz
This book makes excellent toilet reading. Did you know that the words "red" and "worm" share a root? Well duh, cos worms were used to make red dye. It gets better: "guest" and "hostile" and "guess" and "host" also share a root---you never know just who is showing up at your door. Strangely gripping.
Mjm
One of the few truly indispensable books in my library. A must have for anyone interested in etymological musing.
sologdin
word nerds should love this. will only encourage greater reliance on the etymological fallacy, however!
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