Our language is around us all the time, and we use hundreds of words every single day. Some words are funny to pronounce, some are complicated, some sound foreign. But where do they really come from?
Etmyology is the study of the history of the form of words – the history of and the history about words. Many think it’s exciting knowing where words come from, and in this beautifully illustrated book, big and small readers get lots of interesting material to frolic in.
Because the ciabatta does after all taste extra good when you know the word really means ‘slipper’ in Italian. And maybe you’ll jump up even quicker when the fire alarm sounds, and you know that alarm means ‘to weapon’? Windows are wind eyes, a hole where the wind can blow through. Shampoo is a Hindi word, which means to massage.
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