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FORMAT: Hardcover PRICE: £11.99 PAGES: 32 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 02/04/2020 ISBN: 9781912920174


Patrick Skipworth, illus by Nicholas Stevenson

What on Earth Publishing

Amazing English Words and Where They Came From

A stunning non-fiction picture book about the global diversity hidden in the English language.

Did you know that English words come from all over the world and that their meanings have changed along their journey? Our word "zero" comes from the Arabic word for empty space. "Companion" is from the Latin for with bread.

With simple descriptions and dazzling, evocative and witty illustrations, this is a fascinating introduction to the rich history and cultural diversity of our language.

Selling points

  • Reveals the diverse origins of English words and their layered meanings.
  • Connects the English language to indigenous languages and cultures across the globe, from Hawaii to Australia, highlighting the interconnected nature of all people.
  • Ingenious, painterly artwork adds a delightful twist to the story behind each word.
  • End matter includes a spread of facts about language.


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