By John Ayto
The common modern English speaker is familiar with 50,000 phrases. but stripped all the way down to its origins, this it appears large vocabulary is in fact a lot smaller, derived from Latin, French and the Germanic languages. it really is envisioned that each 12 months, 800 neologisms are further to the English language: acronyms (nimby), combined phrases (motel), and people taken from international languages (savoir-faire). specified by an A-Z structure with distinct pass references, and written in a mode that's either authoritative and obtainable, observe Origins is a useful old consultant to the English language.