Once upon a Word: True Tales of Word Origins

Overview

Once Upon A Word, True Tales Of Word Origins, is a book by nationally syndicated language columnist Rob Kyff that relates the surprising and fascinating stories behind hundreds of common words and phrases. With wit and warmth, Kyff spins the colorful yarns of courage and compassion, fakery and farce that lie behind our language. He sails the seven seas to find the salty sources of "bitter end," "taken aback" and "aloof." He discreetly disrobes the origins of "bikini," "negligee" and "lingerie", then drops in on a...
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Overview

Once Upon A Word, True Tales Of Word Origins, is a book by nationally syndicated language columnist Rob Kyff that relates the surprising and fascinating stories behind hundreds of common words and phrases. With wit and warmth, Kyff spins the colorful yarns of courage and compassion, fakery and farce that lie behind our language. He sails the seven seas to find the salty sources of "bitter end," "taken aback" and "aloof." He discreetly disrobes the origins of "bikini," "negligee" and "lingerie", then drops in on a poker game to reveal the genesis of "pass the buck", "four-flusher" and "play both ends against the middle."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930819290
  • Publisher: Tapestry Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 1,378,757
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Kyff, a.k.a. "The Word Guy" is a nationally syndicated language columnist. His Hartford Courant column "Word Watch" is syndicated as "The Word Guy" by Creators Syndicate of Los Angeles and has appeared in scores of newspapers, including The Detroit Free press, San Jose Mercury News and Memphis Commercial Appeal. His essays to newspapers and magazines frequently appear in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and American History Magazine to name a few. Born in Armonk, N. Y,. he earned his B.A. magna cum laude at Amherst College and an M.A. in American studies at the University of Minnesota. He has taught English and history at Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut, since 1977 and also serves as the school's director of public affairs and editor of its alumni magazine.
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