The Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins (Facts on File) Hardcover – 30 Nov 1997
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This encyclopedia explains the origins of thousands of words, proverbs, idioms, foreign language expressions, animal and plant names, and nicknames. There are more than 12,500 entries of which approximately 3500 are new.
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Encyclopedia is ESSENTIAL to any English and word enthusiast as well as writer. This is like an extra dictionary, only more in depth. The price is amazing and the words inside are intriguing. Knowing the origin of words and phrases will enlighten you to why it's used, how it's used, and how it's changed over time. Very interesting, deeply detailed, and a must have!