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A guide to the origins and histories of over 300 commonly used words. With entries from accolade to zoo, and mini-essays throughout on general topics, this will appeal to anyone interested in words and language.
Linda Flavell holds a degree in modern languages and qualifications in primary and secondary teaching. Roger Flavell's Master's thesis was on the nature of idiomaticity, and his doctorate on idioms and their teaching in several European languages. He has recently retired from the University of London Institute of Education, where he was head of the department of English for Speakers of Other Languages. Their other books for Kyle Cathie are The Chronology of Words and Phrases, Dictionary of Idioms and Dictionary of Proverbs, which is being reissued at the same time as Dictionary of Word Origins.