By John Ayto

What is the hyperlink among map and apron, acrobat and oxygen, zeal and jealousy, flour and pollen, mystery and crime? do you know that pink initially comes from the identify of tiny scale bugs, the kermes, from whose dried our bodies a pink dyestuff is made? That Yankee started as a nickname for Dutchmen? That omelette developed from amulette, “a skinny sheet of metal,” and is a not-too- far away cousin of the be aware laminate? That denims locate their antecedent in jean fustian, that means “a cotton textile from Genoa”?

The Dictionary of be aware Origins uncovers the hidden and sometimes remarkable connection among phrases. Written in a transparent and informative kind, the greater than 8,000 articles exhibit the origins of and hyperlinks among the most universal English-language phrases. in addition they include an intensive choice of phrases whose existence histories are intrinsically interesting or instructive. This dictionary indicates how glossy English has built from its Indo-European roots and the way a number of the impacts at the language—from migration and invasion to exploration, alternate, expertise, and scholarship—have intermingled. it's a useful addition to any English or linguistics library.

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