A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English

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This 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 providing the derivation of individual words, the book on every page indicates links with other entries and is thus conducive to browsing. It is easy to pursue such trails as the longer articles are written as continuous prose clearly divided up by means of numbered paragraphs and subheadings, and there is a careful system of cross-references. In addition, there are extensive lists of prefixes, suffixes and elements used in the creation of new vocabulary.