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The Accidental Dictionary: The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words (Hardcover)

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I am so excited for the release of this book! Any self-professed wordsmith or etymology nerd should be, too. Paul Anthony Jones looks at 100 words in the English language that have surprising or silly origins (think “tiddlywink”) and traces their journey from their intended use to the definitions we now know. These bite-sized lessons are sure to spice up your small talk and keep you endlessly entertained.

— Kelly

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Busking, for instance, originally meant piracy. Grin meant to snarl. A bimbo was a man; nice meant ignorant; glamor was magic, and a cupboard was a table. Buxom used to mean obedient; a cloud was a rock; raunchy originally meant dirty. Focusing on one hundred surprising threads in the evolution of English, The Accidental Dictionary reveals the etymological origins and quirky developments that have led to the meanings we take for granted today. It is a weird and wonderful journey into words. So, let's revel in its randomness and delight in its diversity--our dictionary is indeed accidental.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781681775692
ISBN-10: 1681775697
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English

 

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