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Com­bin­ing both acces­si­bil­i­ty and author­i­ty, The Oxford Dic­tio­nary of Word Ori­gins describes the ori­gins and devel­op­ment of over 3,000 words and phras­es in the Eng­lish lan­guage. The book draws on Oxford’s unri­valled dic­tio­nary research pro­gramme and lan­guage mon­i­tor­ing, and relates the fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries behind many of our most curi­ous terms and expres­sions in order to offer the read­er a much more explic­it account than can be found in a gen­er­al Eng­lish dic­tio­nary.

Orga­nized A‑Z, the entries include first known use along with exam­ples that illus­trate the many faces of the par­tic­u­lar word or phrase, from ‘hand­some’ to ‘bach­e­lor’ and ‘cute’ to ‘baby’, from ‘pagan’ to ‘palaver’ and ‘toff’ to ‘tor­pe­do’. Also fea­tured are almost 20 spe­cial entries that cov­er expres­sions com­mon in Eng­lish but drawn from oth­er lan­guages, such as ‘cof­fee’, ‘sug­ar’, and ‘can­dy’ from Ara­bic or ‘booze’, ‘brandy’, and ‘gin’ (Dutch).

This absorb­ing vol­ume is use­ful for lan­guage stu­dents and enthu­si­asts, but also an intrigu­ing read for any per­son inter­est­ed in the devel­op­ment of the Eng­lish lan­guage and of lan­guage devel­op­ment in gen­er­al. Includes an extend­ed intro­duc­tion on the his­to­ry of the Eng­lish lan­guage.

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