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by Jordon Almond

ePub Dictionary of Word Origins: A History of the Words, Expressions and Cliches We Use download
Author:
Jordon Almond
ISBN13:
978-0806517131
ISBN:
0806517131
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Publisher:
Citadel Pr (October 1, 2000)
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Subcategory:
Words Language & Grammar
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1797 kb
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1867 kb
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4.2
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Useful for reference and fun just for browsing, Dictionary of Word Origins is also a great way to expand vocabulary and enjoy doing it. Jordan Almond is professor emeritus of English at Farmdale University. This book is in the Etymology category – More Etymology Books. Back to Wordplay Books Index Page.

Dictionary of Word Origins : A History of the Words, Expressions & Cliches We Use by Jordan Almond. And those are the ones I have. There are books that go into this sort of thing. Try a good bookstore or your library.

Dictionary of Word Origins: A History of the Words, Expressions and Cliches We Use answers the age old question of Why do we say it? This dictionary gives the intriguing origins of hundreds of everyday words and expressions.
  • Word derivation is a good resource to have on your bookshelf. It's also a good resource to have in doing self-development work where you are asked to create your own motto or vision statement. It's a good resource for writers and for career counselors.

  • Some explanations seem rather corny = a far stretch. Is there such an author as "Jordan Almond"?
    There seem to be a few books out there extremely similar, page for page.

  • A great reference book. Not all sayings are in it, but it includes many of those we use very often. As a reference it comes in handy frequently. Plus, even the author names leads to speculation.

  • Very helpful in teaching positive words.

  • I was expecting something more academic. This was possibly a high school level. I'll pass it on to the local library.

  • This is a good book, BUT don't purchase it as a companion to Why Do We Say It. They are the same book in different covers, even some of the page numbers are the very same.

  • This book is okay but I thought it would be thicker and have more words in it.

  • Jordan Almond's "Dictionary of Word Origins" is an intriguing look at phrases and words we all toss about apart from their original meaning. This book is about those original meanings of cliches.
    This is different than most 'unusual word' dictionaries. Usually, you'll get the term, maybe a pronunciation and a short definiton. Instead, here we are introduced to where the word came from. He explains it carefully in layman's language. He doesn't gussy up his book with high-fallootin' lexographical phrasology.
    For example, he defines (for a camel to pass through the) "eye of a needle" by describing it biblical origination, and connects it with a Jewish town gateway so small only pedestrians and the smallest of camels can pass through, not large camels (hence, protecting the town from pillagers). Christ famously refers to this in the New Testament, forever placing the phrase in our vernacular.
    Jordan tosses our way what 'doughboy,' 'hair of the dog,' 'grandfather clock,' 'corn,' 'boondoggle,' 'nose to the grindstone."
    'Manna' for example, means, "What is it?" as the Isrealites had no idea what they were being given. 'Maudlin,' Jordan reveals, is from the British pronunciation of 'Magdalene,' and that early artists painted Mary Magdalene with a dour demeanor.
    Editorial historians might differ with Jordan as per the precise origin of 'OK.' They would argue that it was a silly joke--an intended deviation of "all correct" (oll korekt) as written on acceptable copy. Jordan suggests that it is from Martin Van Buren's nickname of Old Kinderhook while he ran for office.
    Knowing this is not a scientific text, you can enjoy this as I did, as something to wander through while sipping tea and munching warm scones on an early Saturday morning. Linguists, cultural anthropologists might all disagree about the beginnings of words, but, for me, it was a fun, educational read.
    I fully recommend "Dictionary of Word Origins" by Jordan Almond.
    Anthony Trendl