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Word Origins


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Over 50,000 copies sold Easy-to-use A-Z format supported by detailed cross-references An authoritative and accessible reference guide to the history and origins of over 8,000 words

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John Ayto is an experienced lexicographer and author of many language titles. He is Chief Etymologist on the Bloomsbury English Dictionary.


"authoritative and accessible" (1 March 2006) "Anyone who enjoys using words will enjoy tracing the ways in which they have developed." Writing Magazine (March 2006) "I've enjoyed it so much it is of such a curious nature I can't resist." The Spectator (11 November 2006)

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