The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology
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Where did the words bungalow and assassin derive? What did nice mean in the Middle Ages? How were adder, anger, and umpire originally spelt? 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.

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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 27.94mm | 385.55g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0192830988
  • 9780192830982
  • 40,383

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

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'A model of its kind - all that anyone other than a specialist needs to know about words.' Daily Telegraph

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With over 17,000 entries, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology 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.

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