Oxford School Dictionary of Word Origins

A fun and informative dictionary on the origins of words

John Ayto

Suitable for:  Age 10+, Y6/7, KS2, P6, teachers, librarians, parents

Price:  £12.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-273374-0
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Paperback: 480 pages
Dimensions: 210x148mm

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The Oxford School Dictionary of Word Origins is the only dictionary of word origins for schools, featuring histories of many thousands of words. Also includes a thematic topic section ideal for project work.


  • An engaging, funny, and absorbing history of thousands of words and phrases used in everyday language
  • Perfect for additional language support in primary and secondary school
  • Written by John Ayto, top word expert
  • Online support with downloadable games, puzzles, and activities

This page was last updated on 13 August 2022 at 04:30 GMT


  • "This is an excellent book. As an educator I cannot stress enough the importance of knowing derivations. It is well known that people give up study if they go past a misunderstood word. Clearing the word enables the person to continue understanding the text, and clearing the origin/derivation of the word help the person retain the definition as knowledge." -
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