Have you ever wondered how you can find out more about a word: Where did it come from? How has its meaning altered? How can it be pronounced? What is its relationship to other words? Language is not fixed, but is an evolutionary process: words develop and change, in meaning, association,and pronunciation, as well as in many other ways. Exploring the routes taken by the words we choose to investigate leads us on fascinating journeys. How to Read a Word, written by the noted lexicographer Elizabeth Knowles, shows us how we might delve into the origins, associations, and evolution ofwords, and is primarily concerned with the following two points: what questions can be asked about a word? And how can they be answered?How to Read a Word offers clear guidance on how to explore the various aspects of words, with chapters on pronunciation, spelling, date of first use, etymology, regional distribution, meaning, and the resources that we can use to research these elements. There has probably never been as great arange of sources available to the interested party as there are in this day and age, from general and specialist dictionaries to websites devoted to areas of language, from Project Gutenberg and Google Book Search to various online newspaper archives. This volume considers how the reader canutilise this sometimes overwhelming mass of resources to best effect, and how best to interpret the evidence retrieved. Panels covering particular words and phrases provide good examples of how such exploration can be carried out. It is both a thought-provoking and practical guide, providing readers with the essential tools to confidently interrogate the words by which they are surrounded. How to Read a Word is the perfect gift for anyone who is fascinated by the development and intricacies of the English language.