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The roots of English : a reader's handbook of word origins / Robert Claiborne.

By: Claiborne, Robert.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Times Books, c1989Edition: 1st ed.Description: 335 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0812917162 :; 9780812917161.Subject(s): English language -- Roots -- Dictionaries | English language -- Etymology -- Dictionaries | English language -- Word formation -- DictionariesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Roots of English.DDC classification: 422/.03 Other classification: HE 325 Also issued online.Summary: A reader's handbook of word origins.
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Includes index.

Also issued online.

A reader's handbook of word origins.

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Like Joseph T. Shipley's Origins of English Words ( LJ 6/1/84), but in briefer compass, this book gives an entertaining and enlightening glimpse into the many fascinating word histories hidden in our English vocabulary. For anyone who even wondered how ``tooth'' and ``dentist'' could be from the same source, or what ``futile'' has to do with ``funnel,'' Claiborne suggests sources for learning more. An index of English words gives access to the main listing of Indo-European roots in alphabetical order, each with its descendants in English--via Greek, Latin, French, or German. Uncertain or controversial etymologies are identified as such. A book that word buffs, linguists, and language teachers will enjoy.-- Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY at Stony Brook (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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