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The Oxford Dictionary of Word Histories

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Informative and enlightening, this volume describes the origins and sense development of over 11,000 words in the English language. Well-known idioms ... Show synopsis

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Brent R

disappointing

by Brent R on Jan 6, 2011

This volume does very little more than a dozen others of the same ilk, currently available. It does have a very comprehensive coverage of the English vocabulary, but many of the entries tell you little more than the meaning of a word, which any common dictionary can also do. In many instances the word origins are not fully indicated, nor the evolution of their usage. It lacks anecdotal content and evidence, and is rather dry in its presentation.

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