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4.0 out of 5 stars Good on the coffee table
This book is fascinating and well worth having - easy-to-understand explanations of word origins and revelations of connections between words that I would never have thought of. Only one reservation: sod's law - it doesn't contain all the words I look up, such as "shenanigans". John, could you please make the next edition more extensive?
Published on 5 April 2010 by Rosie Lyon

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have on the shelf.
Useful to look up stuff but it doesn't have every word in it, but maybe its a bit unrealistic to expect that.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good on the coffee table, 5 April 2010
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Rosie Lyon (Lancaster) - See all my reviews
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This book is fascinating and well worth having - easy-to-understand explanations of word origins and revelations of connections between words that I would never have thought of. Only one reservation: sod's law - it doesn't contain all the words I look up, such as "shenanigans". John, could you please make the next edition more extensive?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books, 8 Sep 2013
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At the risk of sounding nerdy, I can say that I'm surprised at how interesting I have found this book. It's on my side table so that I can dip into it whenever I think of a word that intrigues me. The link between the European languages is amazing and surprising and I can't help but marvel at how long the author must have spent researching the book. It's a masterpiece. An absolute must-have for everyone with an enquiring mind.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!, 7 Feb 2009
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This book is fun and informative for children and adults. Its set up in a dictionary style so easy to use. Some of the word origins are quite suprising.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 7 Dec 2012
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The most excellent book if you are intetested in where words come from! I would thoroughly revommemd this book b
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for someone interested in the history of words or ..., 4 Sep 2014
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Very interesting dictionary. I used it at uni studying etymology. Good for someone interested in the history of words or an advanced English language learner.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have on the shelf., 15 Sep 2014
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Useful to look up stuff but it doesn't have every word in it, but maybe its a bit unrealistic to expect that.
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