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LINGUIST List 20.3658

Wed Oct 28 2009

Books: Historical Ling: Sedgwick

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        1.    Jennifer Tighe, Where Words Come From: Sedgwick

Message 1: Where Words Come From: Sedgwick
Date: 27-Oct-2009
From: Jennifer Tighe <jtighecontinuum-books.com>
Subject: Where Words Come From: Sedgwick
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Title: Where Words Come From
Subtitle: A Dictionary of Word Origins
Published: 2009
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
                http://www.continuumbooks.com

Book URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=132121&SearchType=Basic

Author: Fred Sedgwick
Paperback: ISBN: 9781847062741 Pages: 224 Price: U.K. £ 9.99
Abstract:

"This is an enlightening and accessible guide to some of the many thousands
of intriguing anecdotes that form the most colourful part of the history
of the English Language - the story of where, over centuries of migration,
trade and conquest, our words actually come from. Where else could you
learn that the word 'aardvark' comes from the Afrikaans for 'earth pig' ,
or unravel the origins of that most mysterious greeting 'hello'? In a
fascinating blend of scholarship and informative entertainment, Fred
Sedgwick explores our linguistic heritage with delightfully humorous and
intriguing results, in this marvellous treasure trove of etymological
curiosity"
- GoodBook Guide

Did you know that 'aardvark' comes from the South African for 'earth pig'?
Or that 'assassin' actually comes from the Arabic for 'smoker of hashish'?
This book explains why 'bungalow' comes from Hindi and what exactly 'hello'
is short for. It is an invaluable guide to the fascinating origins of
everyday words.

There are literally tens of thousands of English words with entertaining
and engaging stories behind them. Tackling the topic in an anecdotal and
yet thorough manner, Fred Sedgwick's pithy, interesting, upbeat and
approachable Where Words Come From is the etymological dictionary for
everyone, a book to inspire wonder, debate and laughter.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

See this book announcement on our website:
http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=44176


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