The Best Books On Word, Phrase And Custom Origins

Are you looking for the best books and resources for word origins (etymology), expressions and cultural customs?

On this page you'll find our list of recommended books. There are so many excellent resources out there but we've personally selected a few for you.

Over time we'll expand this list to keep it up to date in case new books become available.

Word origin books

Here are some quick links to our favorite resources:

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Also check out our Spark Files for loads of interesting facts on word, phrase and custom origins.

If there's anything we absolutely should add to our list, please contact us and let us know.

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