Oxford School Dictionary of Word Origins by John Ayto

Oxford School Dictionary of Word Origins

Written by John Ayto

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A fun and informative dictionary on the origins of words.


Oxford School Dictionary of Word Origins by John Ayto

This new edition of the Oxford School Dictionary of Word Origins, now available in paperback, is an engaging, funny, and absorbing history of thousands of words and phrases used in everyday language. It is perfect for additional language reference and helps develop an insight into the words we use every day.

Suitable for: Age 10+, Y6/7, KS2, P6, teachers, librarians, parents.


This is an excellent book. As an educator I cannot stress enough the importance of knowing derivations. It is well known that people give up study if they go past a misunderstood word. Clearing the word enables the person to continue understanding the text, and clearing the origin/derivation of the word help the person retain the definition as knowledge.

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480 pages


John Ayto
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Oxford University Press

Publication date

2nd May 2013




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