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Dictionary of Word Origins
Linda Flavell (au); Roger Flavell (au). Words are the building blocks of language, but their derivations are often stories in themselves. Have you ever wondered why we wear perfume, read magazines, vote for candidates, speak in jargon? With entries from assassin to villain, bankrupt to sterling, cigar to tobacco, this book explains the origins & development of almost 300 commonly used words. Essays scattered throughout the book deal with more general topics such as Days of the Week, A Taste of India, Otherworldly Influences, & Precise Timing. The result is a fascinating & enjoyable guide to the richness & diversity of the English language. “Illuminates our reading of literature by removing misunderstandings -- great fun.”
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