Written in Stone
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How are laburnum, Labradors, laboratories and astrolabes all connected with earlobes? Christopher Stevens delves deep into the archaeology of English words, using two centuries of research by linguists to uncover the single-syllable words, from ak to wid, that were used in the Indo-European language of our Neolithic ancestors. By examining the later development of these words in many languages, he demonstrates the quirky connections between items of everyday vocabulary.