Little Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins

Hardcover | October 31, 2014

EditorJulia Cresswell

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Did you know that coconut derives from the Spanish and Portuguese coco for "grinning face"? Or that giraffes used to be called camelopards? Or that walrus has its origin in Dutch, meaning "whale horse".The Little Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins includes 1,000 word histories arranged across 100 wide-ranging themes, from food to phobias, from the universe to love. Featuring words with interesting or surprising origins, it is an irresistible collection of word histories, including dates of originand an authoritative account of each word's derivation. Beautifully produced and attractively designed, this fascinating volume is a pleasure to browse. It also features a useful index so you can quickly find just the word you are looking for. It is the perfect gift for word lovers and for anyone with an interest in the English language.

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Did you know that coconut derives from the Spanish and Portuguese coco for "grinning face"? Or that giraffes used to be called camelopards? Or that walrus has its origin in Dutch, meaning "whale horse".The Little Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins includes 1,000 word histories arranged across 100 wide-ranging themes, from food to phobia...

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 Cliches.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 5.91 × 3.94 × 0.1 inPublished:October 31, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199683638

ISBN - 13:9780199683635

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