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Dictionary of Word Origins

John Ayto
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Item #: UX1752
Format: Paperback
Pages: 582
Publication Date: 2011
From aardvark (literally "earth pig") to zombie (originally the name of a snake-god in a voodoo cult of West Africa), every word in this dictionary of lexical history has a fascinating story to tell! Dive in randomly to discover that bully used to mean sweetheart, Mary Magdalen is to thank for the word maudlin, sneeze started out as fnese, and so much more.... More
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From aardvark (literally "earth pig") to zombie (originally the name of a snake-god in a voodoo cult of West Africa), every word in this dictionary of lexical history has a fascinating story to tell! Dive in randomly to discover that bully used to mean sweetheart, Mary Magdalen is to thank for the word maudlin, sneeze started out as fnese, and so much more.


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