Little Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (Hardback)
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Little Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 30/10/2014
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Did you know that coconut derives from the Spanish and Portuguese coco for 'grinning face'? Or that giraffes used to be called camelopards? Or that walrus has its origin in Dutch, meaning 'whale horse'. The Little Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins includes 1,000 word histories arranged across 100 wide-ranging themes, from food to phobias, from the universe to love. Featuring words with interesting or surprising origins, it is an irresistible collection of word histories, including dates of origin and an authoritative account of each word's derivation. Beautifully produced and attractively designed, this fascinating volume is a pleasure to browse. It also features a useful index so you can quickly find just the word you are looking for. It is the perfect gift for word lovers and for anyone with an interest in the English language.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199683635
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 308 g
Dimensions: 156 x 109 x 26 mm


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Wide-ranging... yet not overwhelming. Full of 'a-ha!' moments * THe Good Book Guide *
Small enough to carry with you wherever you, this beautiful hardback book offers a wonderland of insights into the words we use everyday with very little thought. * Skylightrain, *
would make an ideal and inexpensive present for anyone who loves words * Sue Magee, Bookbag *

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