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ISBN: 1847062741 / ISBN-13: 9781847062741

Where Words Come from: A Dictionary of Word Origins

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    by Fred Sedgwick

    Where Words Come from: A Dictionary of Word Origins

    Trade paperback, Continuum
    2009
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    ISBN: 1847062741
    ISBN-13: 9781847062741

    This is an invaluable guide to the fascinating origins of everyday words crafted into pithy annecdotes and facts. 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 ... Show more

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