Peter Jones

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In this original and highly accessible book, Peter Jones takes the reader on a fascinating journey along the highways and byways of Roman life and culture, telling the amazing stories behind the original Latin meanings and uses of hundreds of our everyday words.
Taking in every aspect of the ancient world, including science, religion, military matters, politics and literature, Jones shows just how much the English language owes to the ancient Romans and the role Latin has played in the creation of our vast vocabulary.
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332 printed pages
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    Qorxmaz Aydınlıhas quoted8 months ago
    Take the word ‘adrenalin’. This hormone, one of the most important in the body, is found in a gland located on top of the kidneys. The Latin stem renal- meant ‘to do with the kidneys’ and ad meant ‘near’. Hence ‘adrenalin’. But no Roman would have recognized the word. It was invented, using Latin stems, in 1901.
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