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Webster's Dictionary of Word Origins by Merriam-Webster
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Jan 02, 09

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Read in July, 2004

An excellent, thorough book. It covers some 1,500 words over 526 pages, and it's rather large. Good to have as a reference tool, especially as an English or literature student or scholar. Wikipedia has already eclipsed this by far in scope, but I still strongly advocate for this text because a) it is not derivative but was research and published (which no Wikipedia article is, of course) and b) each article gives a thorough and deep explanation, tracing the history of the word. This also makes it useful for getting a sense of how languages change over time.
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