Dictionary of Word Origins

    Dictionary of Word Origins

    Linda Flavell; Roger Flavell

    Kyle Cathie 2008

    Paperback 320pp

    9781856268615   Product Code: 21246

    Both scholarly and entertaining, this dictionary defines almost 300 commonly used words - from accolade to zoo - traces their origins and places them in their historical contexts. It also illustrates the usage of every word with at least one quotation, mostly drawn from modern literature and journalism; and throughout the book there are discussions of more general topics such as the common names of plants, acronyms and the distaff side.

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