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Horsefeathers: And Other Curious Words
     

Horsefeathers: And Other Curious Words

by Charles E. Funk
 

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Oh, horsefeathers!

If you've ever wondered why the candy is called butterscotch; why a certain southern food is called a hush puppy; why tog supports in a fireplace are known as andirons, or sometimes firedogs, you'll be fascinated by the origins of the more than 600 words discussed in "a book that gets curiouser and curiouser as it

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Oh, horsefeathers!

If you've ever wondered why the candy is called butterscotch; why a certain southern food is called a hush puppy; why tog supports in a fireplace are known as andirons, or sometimes firedogs, you'll be fascinated by the origins of the more than 600 words discussed in "a book that gets curiouser and curiouser as it goes along" (Son Francisco Chronicle).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060513375
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
622,073
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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Meet the Author

Charles Earle Funk was editor in chief of the Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary Series. He wrote several other books on word and phrase origins, including Horsefeathers, Heavens to Betsy!, and Thereby Hangs a Tale.

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