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  •  Picked up Robert Claiborne's wonderful book (3+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, Aunt Pat, NonnyO

    "The Roots of English", from the library the other day (a used copy at a booksale.) Have been flipping through it bit by bit and am relishing the rare and wonderful treasures to be found throughout. (Sadly it appears to be out of print.)

    Claiborne discusses Indo-European roots and how they gave rise to related groups of modern English words (both through Greek/Latin/French and Anglo-Saxon linguistic pathways). It's full of the fascinating (and unexpected) links between seemingly unrelated words...who would have thought that petition, perpetual, appetite, hippopotamus and symptom all share the same root word? (...Me neither.)

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