Mavens' Word Collection: Word and Phrase Origins from Akimbo to Zydeco

Mavens' Word Collection: Word and Phrase Origins from Akimbo to Zydeco

by Random House Reference
     
 

What does skanky mean? Where did okay come from? Can I end a sentence with a preposition? Why do Americans say zee and the British say zed?

Here is the book that Mavens fans have been asking for: answers to hundreds of questions on word and phrase origins, slang, grammar, and usage, all from Random House Reference's Word…  See more details below

Overview

What does skanky mean? Where did okay come from? Can I end a sentence with a preposition? Why do Americans say zee and the British say zed?

Here is the book that Mavens fans have been asking for: answers to hundreds of questions on word and phrase origins, slang, grammar, and usage, all from Random House Reference's Word Mavens.

This Collection is the first original book based on the hugely popular Mavens' Word of the Day feature. The best of the site's postings are gathered here, so that language buffs can browse the old-fashioned way without having to find an Internet connection.

Many of the essays incorporate responses from readers to the postings, including follow-up research. Also included is an appendix of favorite electronic and print resources for word sleuths.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375719769
Publisher:
Random House Information Group
Publication date:
04/09/2002
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.80(d)

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