|Pages/Publication Date:||592 / 2011|
What is the linguistic link between such words as map and apron, acrobat and oxygen, zeal and jealousy, flour and pollen, secret and crime? Did you know that "Yankee" began as a nickname for Dutchmen? That omelette is not far removed from laminate? Or that jeans find their antecedent in jean fustian, a cotton fabric from Genoa? Lexicographer John Ayto—also an author of The Oxford Dictionary of Slang and The Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins—uncovers the hidden and often surprising connections between common English words in more than 8,000 entries.