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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins
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AbbreviationsIntroductionWordbuildingDictionaryGlossary

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Julia Cresswell is an experienced author and language researcher, having worked on the 4th edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. Books to her credit include Naming Your Baby: The Definitive Dictionary of First Names, and The Cat's Pyjamas: The Penguin Book of Cliches.

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`A treasure (from the Greek 'thesauros', treasure, store or storehouse) trove (past participle of an Anglo-Norman verb meaning 'to find') of verbal wonders.' William Hartston, Beachcomber of the Daily Express

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