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The Roots of English: A Reader's Handbook of Word Origins Hardcover – July 29, 1989

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Like Joseph T. Shipley's Origins of English Words ( LJ 6/1/84), but in briefer compass, this book gives an entertaining and enlightening glimpse into the many fascinating word histories hidden in our English vocabulary. For anyone who even wondered how "tooth" and "dentist" could be from the same source, or what "futile" has to do with "funnel," Claiborne suggests sources for learning more. An index of English words gives access to the main listing of Indo-European roots in alphabetical order, each with its descendants in English--via Greek, Latin, French, or German. Uncertain or controversial etymologies are identified as such. A book that word buffs, linguists, and language teachers will enjoy.
- Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY at Stony Brook
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 335 pages
  • Publisher: TimesBooks; 1st edition (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812917162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812917161
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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this book is a wonderful and reader-friendly guide to the history of the english language. it is written to be read cover to cover, or as a quick reference guide. i would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the english language or words in general. the author's insightful and witty comments follow nearly every entry, and add a personality to the book that is sorely lacking in most conventional reference books.
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Words fascinate me. The story behind them is always so interesting & complex. Thanks,
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the book was not at all what I expected.I heard the author on a radio show and thought it described roots of sayings we all know,
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