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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book
This book would be fascinating for anyone who's interested in the meanings and origins of words. It doesn't go into huge detail, so it's an easy read, but it explains the roots of words and shows you how many derivatives have been formed from the same roots. I know a reasonable amount about English word origins but this book pointed out several interesting connections...
Published on 15 April 2009 by LH

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1.0 out of 5 stars words escape me!
I was really looking forward to reading this book - what a let down - the repetition is unbelievable - the so called quizzes pointless and the content superficial - there are good books on the subject out there - this is NOT one of them.
Published on 14 April 2010 by smile


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book, 15 April 2009
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This book would be fascinating for anyone who's interested in the meanings and origins of words. It doesn't go into huge detail, so it's an easy read, but it explains the roots of words and shows you how many derivatives have been formed from the same roots. I know a reasonable amount about English word origins but this book pointed out several interesting connections that I didn't know. It contains many simple exercises/quizzes to test your knowledge and help you remember the words, which is a vast improvement on just reading a straight text. Two slight criticisms: many words are presented two or three times before the actual meaning/origin is fully revealed, which is slightly irritating - one full entry per word might be more helpful; and there is no index, so it's difficult to quickly find to an individual word. An index would be a vital addition to future editions. But generally a very enjoyable and useful book, nicely presented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 22 Jan. 2014
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I thought this book was great!! I even bought it twice as the first got used and written over so much i needed a new one. Ive learnt so much and all about the etymology of words which aids you in relating them to a whole bunch of other words. I would recommend this book to anyone you won't be disappointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars words escape me!, 14 April 2010
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I was really looking forward to reading this book - what a let down - the repetition is unbelievable - the so called quizzes pointless and the content superficial - there are good books on the subject out there - this is NOT one of them.
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