- Series: Oxford Quick Reference
- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 3, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780192801234
- ISBN-13: 978-0192801234
- ASIN: 0192801236
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,395,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ologies and Isms: A Dictionary of Word Beginnings and Endings (Oxford Quick Reference)
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About the Author
Michael Quinion has had a varied career, including BBC studio manager and producer in radio, heritage interpreter, freelance audio-visual scriptwriter and producer, museum curator, tourism consultant, and computer software writer. He has been a freelance researcher for the Oxford English Dictionary since 1992, focussing particularly on new words, and is now also a technical consultant for it. He contributed about a third of the entries to the Second Edition of the Oxford Dictionary of New Words.
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I would estimate that perhaps 80% of the word stems contained in this book are of Greek origin, either directly or as modified by Latin usage. Since the list of stems is 269 pages long, however, that means that there are plenty of word stems of different origin.
This is also one of those rare reference books that are a joy just to dip into and read an entry or two.
OLOGIES AND ISMS by Michael Quinion is a must-have dictionary that will help you decipher the prefixes & suffixes of modern English words.
Rebeccasreads recommends OLOGIES AND ISMS as an important resource for writers, reporters, students, & anyone who plays with words as in Scrabble or crosswords.