Unfortunate English: The Gloomy Truth Behind the Words You Use

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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 ...

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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.

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

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