The Insect That Stole Butter?: Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins

Hardcover | November 27, 2009

EditorJulia Cresswell

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Combining both accessibility and authority, The Insect That Stole Butter? describes the origins and development of over 3,000 words and phrases in the English language. The book draws on Oxford's unrivalled dictionary research programme and language monitoring, and relates the fascinatingstories behind many of our most curious terms and expressions in order to offer the reader a much more explicit account than can be found in a general English dictionary.Organized A-Z, the entries include first known use along with examples that illustrate the many faces of the particular word or phrase, from 'handsome' to 'bachelor' and 'cute' to 'baby', from 'pagan' to 'palaver' and 'toff' to 'torpedo'. Also featured are almost 20 special panels that coverexpressions common in English but drawn from other languages, such as 'coffee', 'sugar', and 'candy' from Arabic or 'booze', 'brandy', and 'gin' (Dutch).This absorbing volume is useful for language students and enthusiasts, but also an intriguing read for any person interested in the development of the English language and of language development in general. Includes an extended introduction on the history of the English language.

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Combining both accessibility and authority, The Insect That Stole Butter? describes the origins and development of over 3,000 words and phrases in the English language. The book draws on Oxford's unrivalled dictionary research programme and language monitoring, and relates the fascinatingstories behind many of our most curious terms an...

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:544 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.04 inPublished:November 27, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199547920

ISBN - 13:9780199547920

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