Ayto, John

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Dictionary of Word Origins
The Histories of More Than 8,000 English-Language Words
By John Ayto
(Arcade Publishing)
What is the link between map and apron, acrobat and oxygen, zeal and jealousy, flour and pollen, secret and crime? Did you know that crimson originally comes from the name of tiny scale insects, the kermes, from whose dried bodies a red dyestuff is made? That Yankee began as a nickname for Dutchmen?... [READ MORE]
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