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Ologies and Isms By Michael Quinion

Ologies and Isms

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Deals with prefixes and suffixes - the building blocks of so much of medical and technical vocabulary. This book explains what each affix means. It makes use of examples to show how each is used in practice. It is meant for a student or a practitioner, a teacher of English, an inveterate word-user, or just a seeker-out of linguistic trifles.

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Ologies and Isms: A Dictionary of Word Beginnings and Endings by Michael Quinion

Aquaculture; Haemophilia; Isochronous; Neuralgia; Polyunsaturated; Rodenticide - How often do we see a technical word without quite knowing what it means? If we can decipher it-undo its language code - we can start to understand others of a similar kind. "Ologies and Isms" is about the building blocks of the English language - the beginnings and endings, and sometimes the middles - that help form or adapt many of the words we use. Whether you're a student or a practitioner, a teacher of English, an inveterate word-user, or just a seeker-out of linguistic trifles, "Ologies and Isms" will help you understand better the language of your workplace and the world around you. It contains over 10,000 examples within 1,250 entries. Selective thematic index breaks prefixes and suffixes down by theme, eg. biochemistry and drugs, living world, places and people. It is also useful for crossword and word game lovers.

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About Michael Quinion



Michael Quinion has had a varied career, including BBC studio manager and producer in radio, heritage interpreter, freelance audio-visual scriptwriter and producer, museum curator, tourism consultant, and computer software writer. He has been a freelance researcher for the Oxford English Dictionary since 1992, focussing particularly on new words, and is now also a technical consultant for it. He contributed about a third of the entries to the Second Edition of the Oxford Dictionary of New Words.

Table of Contents


CONTENTS; INTRODUCTION; SOME TECHNICAL TERMS IN THIS BOOK; A-Z MAIN DICTIONARY; SELECTIVE THEMATIC INDEX

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GOR001760102
Ologies and Isms: A Dictionary of Word Beginnings and Endings by Michael Quinion
Michael Quinion
Oxford Paperback Reference
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2002-08-22
288
0192801236
9780192801234
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