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Ologies and Isms: A Dictionary of Word Beginnings and Endings (Oxford Paperback Reference) Paperback – 13 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New edition edition (13 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192806408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192806406
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,683,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Michael Quinion has had a varied career, including BBC studio manager and producer in radio, heritage interpreter, freelance audio-visual scriptwriter and producer, museum curator, tourism consultant, and computer software writer. He has been a freelance researcher for the Oxford English Dictionary since 1992, focussing particularly on new words, and is now also a technical consultant for it. He contributed about a third of the entries to the Second Edition of the Oxford Dictionary of New Words.

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These days you can find all this information on the internet but that goes for any reference book. I love this. I wouldn't say it really comes in handy for anything but if you're simply interested in words and where they come from it's a great book to have.
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Michael Quinion is beautiful. His emotional tale of fascism, yummyism, and other -isms is sure to inspire any idiot who has lots of extra time. So read it to your kids. They'll be sure to whisper strange things into your ear while you sleep as revenge.
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Used it for marketing naming purposes, would probably just google these days
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Just what I wanted.
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HASH(0x8be948d0) out of 5 stars Informative and Enjoyable 20 July 2004
By Mostly Mozart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The terminology of medicine and biology, to name just two fields, is rife with words formed largely by compounding Greek stems. This book enables a layman like me to make sense of them, and of many other words in more common usage. Michael Quinion's explanations of the word parts (usually prefixes and suffixes, but frequently syllables found in the middle of words) are clearly written, and he provides examples of the most common words using each stem.

I would estimate that perhaps 80% of the word stems contained in this book are of Greek origin, either directly or as modified by Latin usage. Since the list of stems is 269 pages long, however, that means that there are plenty of word stems of different origin.

This is also one of those rare reference books that are a joy just to dip into and read an entry or two.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8be94924) out of 5 stars the before & aft of English 10 Dec. 2003
By Rebecca Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
How often have you seen a technical word & not quite known what it meant? Tired of not really knowing what the ingredients on a food box in the store really are?
OLOGIES AND ISMS by Michael Quinion is a must-have dictionary that will help you decipher the prefixes & suffixes of modern English words.
Rebeccasreads recommends OLOGIES AND ISMS as an important resource for writers, reporters, students, & anyone who plays with words as in Scrabble or crosswords.
HASH(0x8c1b2b50) out of 5 stars Answered a lot of questions. 31 Mar. 2013
By Eclare - Published on Amazon.com
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I originally bought this book for some specific needs. Afterwards I just got interested and had fun learning more about English.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c1b13bc) out of 5 stars Because the book does not clearly define isms and ologies; it just gives root words, prefixes, and suffixes. Also at the price 20 Jan. 2014
By Rebecca Dollar - Published on Amazon.com
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The book does not clearly define isms and ologies; it just gives root words, prefixes, and suffixes. Also I was expecting a hardback copy, esp. at that price. I intend to return this item this week.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8be97468) out of 5 stars Great little book 22 Oct. 2005
By Dick Liebo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you enjoy word origins, you will love this book. Very interesting.
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