Saturday, September 12, 2009

Word Origins The Hidden Histories of English Words from A to Z

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Description: This in-depth exploration of the English language covers every nuance and curiosity of this constantly evolving linguistic pastiche. It is estimated that every year 800 neologisms are added to the English language, and include acronyms (NIMBY, Not In My Backyard), blended words (motel), and those taken from foreign languages (savoir-faire). Laid out in an a-to-z format with detailed cross-references and written to appeal equally to students, etymologists, and nonnative speakers, this historical guide is an invaluable resource for this truly global lingua franca.

Author: John Ayto
Release: 2005
Publisher: A&C Black
Format: Pdf 576 pages
ISBN: 0713674989 (0-7136-7498-9)
ISBN 13: 9780713674989 (978-0-7136-7498-9)
List Price: $16.95
File size: 21.83 MB

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