Little Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (Hardcover)

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By Julia Cresswell (Editor)
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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. The perfect gift for word lovers and for anyone with an interest in the English language.

About the Author

Julia Cresswell is an experienced author and language researcher, having worked on the 4th edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. Books to her credit include Naming Your Baby: The Definitive Dictionary of First Names and The Cat's Pyjamas: The Penguin Book of Cliches.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780199683635
ISBN-10: 0199683638
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: December 11th, 2014
Pages: 496
Language: English