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Chambers Dictionary of Etymology

by Robert K. Barnhart (Editor)

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There are three highly respected authorities on etymology in print, of which this is one. The others are The Oxford Dictionary of Etymology and Klein's Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language. Whilst these other two undoubtedly have the edge over the Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, they are less competitively priced. The Chambers Dictionary of Etymology thus strikes a good balance of quality and affordability. How are the words 'door' German 'Tür' and Sanskrit 'dvar' related? When did the word Blarney first appear in print? What's the linguistic history of the word 'history'? The Chambers Etymological Dictionary holds all the answers for any person curious about the origins of the words they use, and how these words have changed over time. This fascinating dictionary explores the development of meaning, spelling, and pronunciation of over 25,000 English words. Over 30,000 detailed entries trace words back to their Proto-Germanic or Indo-European roots, and include words borrowed from other languages, as well as the sources and dates of their first recorded use. For many years academics, wordsmiths, crossword lovers, and language enthusiasts of all stripes have turned to this celebrated volume as their reference of choice in lexical matters. First published as the Barnhart Etymological Dictionary, the Chambers Dictionary of Etymology offers a unique combination of approachability and authoritativeness in an accessible single-volume format, making it an essential etymological resource for the expert, and a fascinating reference for the general reader. As we have come to expect from Chambers, this volume is well bound and very easy to use.

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