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Origins

A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English

Origins by Eric Partridge
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This etymological dictionary gives the origins of some 20,000 items from the modern English vocabulary, discussing them in groups that make clear the connections between words derived by a variety of routes from originally common stock.

As well as giving the answers to questions about the derivation of individual words, it is a fascinating book to browse through, and includes extensive lists of prefixes, suffixes, and elements used in the creation of new vocabulary.

Taylor and Francis; May 2006
992 pages; ISBN 9781134942169
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Title: Origins
Author: Eric Partridge
 
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