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Title: Where Words Come From
Subtitle: A Dictionary of Word Origins
Written By: Fred Sedgwick
URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=132121&SearchType=Basic
Description:

"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.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1847062741
ISBN-13: 9781847062741
Pages: 224
Prices: U.K. £ 9.99