Word for Word: Stories Behind Everyday Words we Use

Hardcover | September 15, 2010

byKhaled Ahmed

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A lot of specialized literature on the origin of words of European languages is available. There are efforts made to make it accessible to the non-specialist. Some newspapers in Europe and the United States have carried popular columns that entertain through stories behind words. Judging fromthe popularity of these columns and the reception they got as compiled books later on, readers have always been interested in knowing how the words originate and become current in languages.Word for Word is a pioneering work because it explores the common etymologies of Urdu, Persian, Hindi and Urdu words of everyday usage. It surprises with its ability to link Urdu and Persian words with English and the other European languages. For instance how Urdu and Persian 'sog' (sorrow) islinked to Hindu 'shok' as in 'ashok' (without sorrow) and German 'sorg' which is the root for English 'sorrow'. Not much has been done about word roots after Muhammad Hussain Azad and his 'Sukhan Dan-e-Fars'. This book is written for the common reader in the form of stories behind words that come tous from Arabic and the Indo-European languages.

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A lot of specialized literature on the origin of words of European languages is available. There are efforts made to make it accessible to the non-specialist. Some newspapers in Europe and the United States have carried popular columns that entertain through stories behind words. Judging fromthe popularity of these columns and the rece...

Khaled Ahmed, Consulting Editor Daily Times and The Friday Times, with a 30-year career in journalism, has written on the ideology and politics of Pakistan. His books include Pakistan: Behind the Ideological Mask (Vanguard Books: Lahore, 2000) and Pakistan: The State in Crisis (Vanguard Books: Lahore, 2001). From 1991 to 1993 he was o...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:370 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:September 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195478274

ISBN - 13:9780195478273

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