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Word Origins ... and How We Know Them by Anatoly Liberman
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Mar 17, 12

Read in March, 2012

Not at all what I was expecting. I kind of wanted examples of some interesting word developments, and how and why they came to be. What I got instead was never ending paragraphs filled with lectures on spellings, pronounciations, language borrowing, phonetics etc, with 6 or 8 or 12 words thrown in all together to illustrate the author's point. There were a few amusing anicdotes hiding in there, but I couldn't get very far into it without feeling like I should be taking notes for an exam, so I just flipped after the first few chapters.
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