Once Upon a Word


I am always on the lookout for a good linguistics book, but I also like books that focus specifically on etymology, such as Once Upon a Word: A Word-Origin Dictionary for Kids ― Building Vocabulary Through Etymology, Definitions & Stories by Jess Zafarris. It is a valuable children’s dictionary that explores the origins of words over 268 pages. Some of the words I especially enjoyed reading more about were “eucalyptus,” (which literally means “well-covered”) and “ridiculous” (which comes from the Latin “ridere,” meaning “to laugh”). Each word is explained through an informative paragraph of a few sentences, educating us on the meaning. The book is a great way to enhance your vocabulary and learn about the roots of a wide range of words.

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