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ISBN: 1856261654
Author: L. Flavell,R.H. Flavell
Language: English
Publisher: Kyle Cathie (June 30, 1995)
Pages: 288
Category: Dictionaries & Thesauruses
Subcategory: Reference
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Aimed at both word-puzzle enthusiasts and language students, this is a companion to "Dictionary of Idioms" and "Dictionary of Proverbs", and is by the same authors. It contains over 500 entries on common words ("boycott", "tawdry", "candidate"), their origins and their histories, and many other words are detailed in cross-references. In some instances the development of the word is illustrated with tree-diagrams showing its progress - for example, from Greek to Latin to Old French to English. The diagrams also highlight those offshoots which developed into other, often seemingly unconnected words. Throughout the book there are mini-essays on general topics, including sources, derivations and common themes such as words for plants, or for cloth.

Comments:

Keth
I had this book for years and it suddenly went missing. Finally I decided to replace it because it is so handy to be able to see where a word originated. Things we use everyday, old sayings or words that never made any sense are more clear once I look them up.
Take Science for instance, from the Latin word scienta meaning knowledge. Something they no longer teach in school is word origins. This one is easy to use, look up the word and it will send you to other pages to find the origin or it will be right there.
I love this book.
Thomand
This is a wonderful book! It is indispensable to students or anyone who reads books that have been written in the past, or for those with a curious nature.

The dictionary is in alphabetical order with stories of how each word came into the English language and has evolved over time.

For example:

Alcohol - Originally, alcohol was a powder, not a liquid. The word comes from Arabic al-kuhul, literally `the kohl'--that is, powdered antimony used as a cosmetic for darkening the eyelids. This was borrowed into English via French or Medieval Latin, and retained this `powder' meaning for some centuries (for instance, `They put between the eyelids and the eye a certain black powder made of a mineral brought from the kingdom of Fez, and called Alcohol,' George Sandys, Travels 1615). But a change was rapidly taking place: from specifically `antimony,' alcohol came to mean any substance obtained by sublimation, and hence `quintessence.' Alcohol of wine was thus the `quintessence of wine,' produced by distillation or rectification, and by the middle of the 18th century alcohol was being used on its own for the intoxicating ingredient in strong liquor. The more precise chemical definition (a compound with a hydroxyl group bound to a hydrocarbon group) developed in the 19th century.
Efmprof
Dr. Templeton (University of Nevada at Reno) of Words Their Way fame recommended this book to me because I teach seventh graders who like to use big words on people. They like to know big words, their contextual and denotative meanings, and they use them every chance they get. For instance, one of our November words was "tractable." My students loved this word because they are learning the fine art of looking calm and in control on the outside--even if they are the exact opposite on the inside. One student told her mother that she was just going to have to be tractable about going to a relative's house over the holidays.

If you like to know about words beyond their definitions, this is an excellent resource. If you teach school and want to captivate your students, you most certainly need this book and several others like it in your classroom collection. You can marvel at students who grab word origins books when there is independence time in class!
santa
Great book. I like knowing the origins of the various words we use. Fast shipping too.
Gardall
A must have for the wordsmith, writer, or any individual fascinated with in depth origins/meanings of words. A must have for any book collection. Superb.
Xor
Words, where did they come from? Love looking up their meanings. Thanks for another one for my library.
Dikus
Ayto provides "the true historie" of more than 8,000 English-language words in a single volume, one which I consider to be the most useful of the several I own and regularly consult. Each entry is brief and precise. If you have a need and interest, or if you are merely curious about word origins and plan to purchase only one reference source, this is the one.
Fascinating book, lots of interesting explanations. Fun book to browse, not really to read. Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask about word origins!

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