Unfortunate English: The Gloomy Truth Behind the Words You Use

Unfortunate English: The Gloomy Truth Behind the Words You Use

by Bill Brohaugh, William Brohaugh
     
 
Word History With a Unique Twist

* Humorous and accessible etymology for words with grisly backgrounds

* Perfect for language enthusiasts

* Specially commissioned illustrations and a grim cloth case

Unfortunate English uncovers previous meanings of words that would-if those meanings were blatantly apparent today-offend the sensitive, discomfit

Overview

Word History With a Unique Twist

* Humorous and accessible etymology for words with grisly backgrounds

* Perfect for language enthusiasts

* Specially commissioned illustrations and a grim cloth case

Unfortunate English uncovers previous meanings of words that would-if those meanings were blatantly apparent today-offend the sensitive, discomfit the squeamish, and irk the politically correct. This book of word histories, highlights the de-intensification of the disgusting, the generalization of the ribald, and the mutation of the offensive revealing the "ugly truth" behind commonly used words. Readers will discover:

* What sensitivities are secretly offended by the use of such words as poppycock, bonfire, and porcelain

* The secret political incorrectness of words such as lampoon, sinister, and flamingo
* How remarkably innocent words such as butterfly, gymnasium, and fizzle may have once offendedWith fun "gloomy" illustrations and a browsable format, this delightfully grim book is sure to make any word lover unable to resist taking a peak at the dark side of the English language.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582974439
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
10/30/2006
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.78(d)

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