Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do with Pigs: And Other Fascinating Facts About the English Language

Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do with Pigs: And Other Fascinating Facts About the English Language

by Katherine Barber
     
 

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For the word-obsessed, there's nothing worse than when a stodgy dictionary says 'origin unknown.' Often, it tempts word lovers into making up their own twisted word histories, claiming, for example, that the word 'sirloin' is so called because it was in fact 'knighted' and thus, from an ordinary loin, became a 'Sir' Loin. Katherine Barber, Word Lady Extraordinaire…  See more details below

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For the word-obsessed, there's nothing worse than when a stodgy dictionary says 'origin unknown.' Often, it tempts word lovers into making up their own twisted word histories, claiming, for example, that the word 'sirloin' is so called because it was in fact 'knighted' and thus, from an ordinary loin, became a 'Sir' Loin. Katherine Barber, Word Lady Extraordinaire, is here to tell us that there are plenty of fascinating, bizarre, and (yes!) perfectly TRUE word histories for us to savor without having to make them up (thank you very much). Did you know that the word "travel" is derived from an instrument of torture? That "tragedy" originally had something to do with goats? Or that the expression "you're toast!" comes from the movie Ghostbusters?

In the same lively, witty, and entertaining style that has won her fans around the world, Katherine takes readers on a lighthearted, informative, and extremely 'dippable' romp through the histories behind hundreds of our most common words and phrases. A delight for budding etymologists and word-nerds alike, SIX WORDS YOU NEVER KNEW HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH PIGS is an ideal bathroom browser and a must have for the language addict in all of us.

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This paperback original will cure you of the notion that dictionaries are dull. Canadian Oxford Dictionary editor-in-chief Katherine Barber has uncovered the histories of more than 500 common words and phrases to reveal their surprising etymologies. Did you know, for instance, that "travel" derives from an instrument of torture or that "tragedy" owes its origins to a goat song? Barber's lively exploration is organized by season, an imaginative strategy that enhances the book's entertainment value.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101201237
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/24/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
880 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

The editor in chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary and one of the world's leading authorities on the English language, Katherine Barber is a recipient of the 1999 Canadian Booksellers Association's Libris Award.

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