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The Roots of English

The Roots of English

by Robert Claiborne

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Library Journal - Library Journal
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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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1st Anchor Books ed

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