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The Unexpected Evolution of Language: Discover the Surprising Etymology of Everyday Words
     

The Unexpected Evolution of Language: Discover the Surprising Etymology of Everyday Words

by Justin Cord Hayes
 

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This book is awesome awful!

Did you know that "awful" first originated as a compliment? How about the fact that it was perfectly fine for someone to defecate in their living room? Or that at one time a bully was actually a sweetheart?

You may think that these things sound outlandish, but hundreds of years ago, the words "awful," "defecate,"

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