Kipfer (Instant Karma) collects trivia and fascinating facts about commonly used or currently obsolete English words and expressions. Organized alphabetically, the entries run in length between a single sentence to an entire paragraph and boast an accounting of 7000 facts. Occasionally, eccentric trivia takes precedence over concrete definitions. Although favoring casual readers seeking enlightened entertainment, the book is still practical for etymological researchers. A perfect complement to Anu Garg's The Hidden Lives and Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words(Plume, 2007). Recommended for English and etymology collections.
Savannah Schroll Guz