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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins 2/e (Oxford Quick Reference) Paperback – 9 Sep 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (9 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199547939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199547937
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.2 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A fascinating book for anyone interested in the English language. (Writing Magazine)

This book is as engrossing...as it is enlightening...erudite and delightful work. (Christopher Hirst, The Independent)

I enjoyed picking up this chattily written dictionary. (Dot Wordsworth, Spectator)

It is an ideal stocking filler...a delightful cornucopia of derivations. (Crawford Gillian, East Anglian Daily Times)

About the Author

Julia Cresswell is an experienced author and language researcher, having worked on the 4th edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. Books to her credit include Naming Your Baby: The Definitive Dictionary of First Names, and The Cat's Pyjamas: The Penguin Book of Clichés.


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I'm not the type to sit around reading the dictionary, but this is irresistable, from just randomly dipping into or the "why do we use that phrase and where does it come from" type inquiry. Often checking one word will take you into others and before you know it, you are sitting around reading the dictionary...
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If you enjoy words and appreciate the richness of the English language, then this is a great reference book to keep at hand either to look up the derivation of some specific word or phrase or simply to dip into and browse. My wife and I use it frequently to find out the origins of words, terms, items or sayings we use or come across in the newspaper or books, and it generally has everything, with a brief but clear explanation of origin and how it came to have the current meaning. We use it and enjoy it more than we had imagined we would when we bought it and recommend it pretty much without reservation (other than wishing it was even larger and even more detailed!). It's certainly worth the price.
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I love this book!Anyone has any interest in language would or should enjoy it.The origins of french,latin and 'roots' of words make you look at english from a slight angle and have better understanding of it.
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Absolutely fascinating as I have a real interest in language. Great companion to Oxford dictionaries of Proverbs and Idioms which I already have.
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Inexpensive little gift, ideal for those that have an inquisitive nature and an interest in the English language. Buy it.
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A very interesting book, it was just what I was looking for! It's neither too heavily academic nor too amateurish.
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I received the Book today, opened it at a random page... and fell in love with it. What a wonderful book!
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Arrived in good time and is what I wanted. Thanks, James
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