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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. ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 14th 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published February 12th 1985)
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Dean Mathiowetz
Nov 13, 2007 rated it liked it
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.
Douglas Wilson
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Okay, I admit it. I do read dictionaries. This dictionary of Indo-European word roots was great, although the plot did drag a little by the P's.
sologdin
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
word nerds should love this. will only encourage greater reliance on the etymological fallacy, however!
Mjm
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the few truly indispensable books in my library. A must have for anyone interested in etymological musing.
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