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Hot for Words: Answers to All Your Burning Questions About Words and Their Meanings
     

Hot for Words: Answers to All Your Burning Questions About Words and Their Meanings

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by Marina Orlova
 

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Brilliant philologist and sexy YouTube sensation Marina Orlova is Hot For Words—and you will be too when you join her on a titillating journey through the origins and meanings of words and phrases. Combining fascinating philology and etymology with provocative, full-colored photos of the alluring author, Hot For Words makes intelligence almost

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Brilliant philologist and sexy YouTube sensation Marina Orlova is Hot For Words—and you will be too when you join her on a titillating journey through the origins and meanings of words and phrases. Combining fascinating philology and etymology with provocative, full-colored photos of the alluring author, Hot For Words makes intelligence almost unbearably sexy…and lots of fun!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061776311
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/18/2009
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.22(h) x 0.42(d)

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Hot for Words

Chapter One

School

In the old days...the very old days...being able to go to "school" meant you had a lot of time on your hands.

That's because the word school comes from the Greek word schole, meaning "leisure." Greek philosophers like Aristotle and Plato used to gather groups of young men who weren't going to be distracted by mundane activities like working a job; they taught these young men, and called the gatherings "schole"...a name that carried the clear suggestion that these students could afford to spend their time doing something that most other people couldn't.

The name stuck, and later on, the Romans turned the Greek word that had come to mean "gathering of students" into schola, which in turn gave rise to English words like school, scholastic, and scholar. Nowadays, the idea that only cultured, leisured people should go to school has fallen out of favor ... one can only wish that school time were still considered leisurely!

When you use the word school in the phrase "school of fish," you're using a word with the same spelling, but a different lineage. That's because the word school in "school of fish" descends from a Dutch word that's akin to the Old English word scolu, meaning "gathering of people."

Hot for Words. Copyright © by Marina Orlova. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Voted the Sexiest Geek of the Year and a Hottest Woman of the Web, Marina Orlova has degrees in Russian and English language instruction. Her popular YouTube channel has more than 170,000 subscribers, and she's a regular on The O'Reilly Factor. Marina lives in California.

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Hot for Words: Answers to All Your Burning Questions about Words and Their Meanings 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
beffuhknee More than 1 year ago
The only bad thing about the book is some of the images. They look very unprofessional and sloppy. It looks like she took some of them herself.
HeReads More than 1 year ago
The manner in which Marina presents her subjects may be too sexy for some readers, but it does get your attention. Book is divided by subject areas and presented to be attractive and fun. Having fun with words is a great thing. Martin
roberhor More than 1 year ago
I believe this book to be well prepared and well thought out, it's the kind of book you can read over again and again, and still find it enjoyable and entertaining. I couldn't help to think of some words that should have been in the book that were not; words like, diploma, scholar, principle or even detention and hookie. I guess maybe perhaps she only chose the words that were most popular by request or something, but I sure as hell don't remember any orgy when I went to school. Maybe I just wasn't invited.
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This book is garbage. Poor quality, little pocket book. Poorly written and a waste of the $2.27 I paid for it. Marina is a YOUTUBE has been.