Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins

Ranked #80 in Etymology

A comprehensive dictionary of word origins for school students. Each headword entry gives a complete story about how a particular word came into the English language and evolved over time. In addition, each headword entry includes meanings and shows how each word is used in context. The book also includes 40 extended panels covering a range of themes including: other languages which gave vocabulary to the English language from Arabic and Australian-Aboriginal to Urdu and Yiddish; acronyms (AIDS, NATO), eponyms (Wellingtons), invented words (nylon, spoof), shortened words (photo, exam), blends... more

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