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Spanish Word Histories and Mysteries: English Words That Come From Spanish Paperback – November 14, 2007
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Noting that Spanish is the second most common language spoken in the U.S., the editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries have compiled a small volume about English words derived from the Spanish. After a brief introduction about the history of Spanish and its relationship with English, the editors profile 150 words that are now common in the English language. They define each word and explain its history and journey into the English language. Readers will enjoy learning about the origins of these words, from abalone to zocalo, with stopovers for the expression moment of truth and potato. The book also has a glossary of linguistic terms and a bibliography of quotation sources. --Barbara Bibel
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THE EDITORS OF THE AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARIES are a team of professional lexicographers with advanced degrees in various scholarly fields. The editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work with expert consultants to ensure that their publications are accurate and up-to-date.