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The Dictionary of Word Origins uncovers the hidden and often surprising connection between words. They also contain an extensive selection of words whose life histories are intrinsically fascinating or instructive. It is an invaluable addition to any English or linguistics library.

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They also contain an extensive selection of words whose life histories are intrinsically fascinating or instructive. It is impossible to imagine there is anyone who loves books who does not also love words

They also contain an extensive selection of words whose life histories are intrinsically fascinating or instructive. It is impossible to imagine there is anyone who loves books who does not also love words.

Dictionary of word origins. An alphabetical listing of some 8000 English words with their histories, this book omits other dictionary features such as pronunciation, part of speech, and, in most cases, definitions

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If you want a dictionary of etymologies, this is your book.

Has lots of words and the definitions are interesting and comprehensive, yet perfectly concise. For example: Alcohol - Originally, alcohol was a powder, not a liquid. 8 people found this helpful. Enjoyable to read and compare the related words. Nicely set out, like reading history stories. The word comes from Arabic al-kuhul, literally & kohl'-that is, powdered antimony used as a cosmetic for darkening the eyelids.

The average English speaker knows 50,000 words in contemporary use - 25 more words than there are stars in the night sky visible to the naked eye. Yet stripped down to its origins, this apparently huge vocabulary is in reality a much smaller number of words from Latin, French and the Germanic languages. It is estimated that every year, 800 neologisms are added to the English language: acronyms - 'yuppie', blended words - 'motel', and those taken from foreign languages - 'savoir-faire'. The Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins provides a concise history of over 8,000 of the most commonly used words. The range of information spans from derivations as simple as 'a' and 'one' from 'an', to historical relations between words which would be obscure to all but the most lexically-minded. For instance 'vice' with its several uses in English - a wickedness, a holding tool - is derived via Old French from two separate Latin words: 'vitium' (defect, offence), and 'vitis' (vine) which gave 'viticulture'. The Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins demonstrates how the diverse influences on English have given rise to some unlikely but fascinating lexical relations. 'Bishop' had no ecclesiastical origins, but was in fact derived from the Greek 'episkopos', meaning 'overseer', and shares origins with 'spy'. In strict etymological terms, a 'dairy' should employ a female kneader of bread. Laid out in an A-Z format with detailed cross references, written in a style that is both authoritative and accessible, the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins is a valuable historical guide to the English language.

Comments: (7)

ZloyGenii
I had this book for years and it suddenly went missing. Finally I decided to replace it because it is so handy to be able to see where a word originated. Things we use everyday, old sayings or words that never made any sense are more clear once I look them up.
Take Science for instance, from the Latin word scienta meaning knowledge. Something they no longer teach in school is word origins. This one is easy to use, look up the word and it will send you to other pages to find the origin or it will be right there.
I love this book.
Talrajas
This is a wonderful book! It is indispensable to students or anyone who reads books that have been written in the past, or for those with a curious nature.

The dictionary is in alphabetical order with stories of how each word came into the English language and has evolved over time.

For example:

Alcohol - Originally, alcohol was a powder, not a liquid. The word comes from Arabic al-kuhul, literally `the kohl'--that is, powdered antimony used as a cosmetic for darkening the eyelids. This was borrowed into English via French or Medieval Latin, and retained this `powder' meaning for some centuries (for instance, `They put between the eyelids and the eye a certain black powder made of a mineral brought from the kingdom of Fez, and called Alcohol,' George Sandys, Travels 1615). But a change was rapidly taking place: from specifically `antimony,' alcohol came to mean any substance obtained by sublimation, and hence `quintessence.' Alcohol of wine was thus the `quintessence of wine,' produced by distillation or rectification, and by the middle of the 18th century alcohol was being used on its own for the intoxicating ingredient in strong liquor. The more precise chemical definition (a compound with a hydroxyl group bound to a hydrocarbon group) developed in the 19th century.
Doath
Dr. Templeton (University of Nevada at Reno) of Words Their Way fame recommended this book to me because I teach seventh graders who like to use big words on people. They like to know big words, their contextual and denotative meanings, and they use them every chance they get. For instance, one of our November words was "tractable." My students loved this word because they are learning the fine art of looking calm and in control on the outside--even if they are the exact opposite on the inside. One student told her mother that she was just going to have to be tractable about going to a relative's house over the holidays.

If you like to know about words beyond their definitions, this is an excellent resource. If you teach school and want to captivate your students, you most certainly need this book and several others like it in your classroom collection. You can marvel at students who grab word origins books when there is independence time in class!
Connorise
Great book. I like knowing the origins of the various words we use. Fast shipping too.
Vozilkree
A must have for the wordsmith, writer, or any individual fascinated with in depth origins/meanings of words. A must have for any book collection. Superb.
Hrguig
Words, where did they come from? Love looking up their meanings. Thanks for another one for my library.
Naril
Ayto provides "the true historie" of more than 8,000 English-language words in a single volume, one which I consider to be the most useful of the several I own and regularly consult. Each entry is brief and precise. If you have a need and interest, or if you are merely curious about word origins and plan to purchase only one reference source, this is the one.
Fascinating book, lots of interesting explanations. Fun book to browse, not really to read. Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask about word origins!
Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins : The Histories of over 8, 000 Words Explained download epub
Foreign Language Study & Reference
Author: John Ayto
ISBN: 074755448X
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Foreign Language Study & Reference
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Ltd (August 31, 2001)
Pages: 592 pages