Toponymity: An Atlas of Words

Toponymity: An Atlas of Words

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by John Bemelmans Marciano
     
 

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toponymity , n. The condition of being named after a geographic location.

Its no secret that Americas cookouts owe a lot to the German towns
of Frankfurt and Hamburg. Likewise, we know when we put on the wool of a
goat from Indias Kashmir valley. But did you know that the town of
Spa, Belgium, bequeathed to us a new form of healthy

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toponymity , n. The condition of being named after a geographic location.

Its no secret that Americas cookouts owe a lot to the German towns
of Frankfurt and Hamburg. Likewise, we know when we put on the wool of a
goat from Indias Kashmir valley. But did you know that the town of
Spa, Belgium, bequeathed to us a new form of healthy relaxation? Or that
Tuxedo Park, New York, brought Americans a staple of formal wear? These
towns, it turns out, are just the tip of the iceberg.


In this ingenious follow-up to Anonyponymous, John Bemelmans
Marciano takes us on a lively tour of American, European, and world
history, showing us our linguistic heritage in all its richness and, to
use another toponym, serendipity. Dotted with Marcianos signature witty
drawings and topical essays, this book is a joy to browse and sure to
impress your friends. It makes a perfect book for language lovers,
whether they come from Cologne, Germany, or Bikini Island.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608193714
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

John Bemelmans Marciano is the grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans, creator of the beloved Madeline childrens books. He is the author and illustrator of several childrens books, including Madeline and the Cats of Rome, Harolds Tale, and Delilah, as well as the popular word book Anonyponymous. An artist and self-professed word geek, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, and two cats.

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