Where Words Come From : A Dictionary of Word Origins - Sedgwick, Fred

Where Words Come From : A Dictionary of Word Origins

Fred Sedgwick

Yayınevi: Continuum

Yayın tarihi: 06/2009

ISBN: 9781847062741

İngilizce | 160 Sayfa |

Tür: Dil / Dilbilim

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This is an invaluable guide to the fascinating origins of everyday words crafted into pithy annecdotes and facts. Did you know that 'aardvark' comes from the South African for 'earth pig'? Or that 'assassin' actually comes from the Arabic for 'smoker of hashish'? This book explains why 'bungalow' comes from Hindi and what exactly 'hello' is short for.It is an invaluable guide to the fascinating origins of everyday words. There are literally tens of thousands of English words with entertaining and engaging stories behind them. Tackling the topic in an anecdotal and yet thorough manner, Fred Sedgwick's pithy, interesting, upbeat and approachable "Where Words Come From" is the etymological dictionary for everyone, a book to inspire wonder, debate and laughter.

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