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Webster's Word Histories: a Merriam-Webster

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ISBN 10: 0877790485 / ISBN 13: 9780877790488
Published by Merriam-Webster Inc. , Publishers, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1989
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Title: Webster's Word Histories: a Merriam-Webster

Publisher: Merriam-Webster Inc. , Publishers, Springfield, Massachusetts

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-

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English words often have bizarre, complicated, and yet entertaining histories. For instance, did you know that the words rhubarb and barbaric are related, that focus means fireplace , and that a pretzel is so called because it looks like folded arms? From their long experience of researching word histories, the staff at Merriam-Webster have selected some 1500 of the most interesting, offering stories full of romance, greed, arrogance, superstition, and social context. Some of the words have traveled far, through many countries and many centuries, changing their shapes and meanings as they went. Others have sprung up full-grown from the name of a person ( maverick ) or a place ( denim ). This is not only an excellent coffee-table book that can be dipped into at odd times for entertainment but also a treasury of surprising facts that teachers can spring on their students.
- Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY at Stony Brook
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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