ISBN-10:
0192830988
ISBN-13:
9780192830982
Pub. Date:
07/29/1993
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology / Edition 1

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology / Edition 1

by T. F. Hoad, Terry F. Hoad

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology / Edition 1

Where did the words bungalow and assassin derive? What did nice mean in the Middle Ages? How were adder, anger, and umpire originally spelled? The answers can be found in this essential companion to any popular dictionary.
With over 17,000 entries, this is the most authoritative and comprehensive guide to word origins available in paperback. Based on The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology, the principal authority on the origin and development of English words, it contains a wealth of information about our language and its history. For example, readers will learn that bungalow originally meant "belonging to Bengal," that assassin comes from the Arabic for "Hashish-eater," and that nice meant "foolish or stupid" in the thirteenth century, "coy or shy" in the fifteenth. And adder, anger, and umpire were originally spelled with an initial "n." These are but a few of the fascinating tidbits found in this dictionary, which is a must for anyone interested in the richness of the English language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192830982
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/29/1993
Series: Oxford Paperback Reference Series
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 153,328
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

T. F. Hoad is Lecturer in English at Oxford University.

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