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It's a Wonderful Word: The Real Origins of Our Favourite Words

It's a Wonderful Word: The Real Origins of Our Favourite Words
 

Collects over 500 of the strangest, funniest-sounding and most delightful words in the English language, and traces them back to their often puzzling origins. This title lets you discover why bastards should resent travelling salesmen, why sheets should remain on tenterhooks and ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780099562320
Barcode 9780099562320
Published 15 July 2012 by Cornerstone
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Jack, Albert
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ISBN-13 9780099562320
ISBN-10 0099562324
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Arrow Books Ltd
Publication Date 15 July 2012
International Publication Date 13 August 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Jack, Albert
Category Language & Linguistics
Social & Cultural History
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 232g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General, English language - Etymology, Social & cultural history
NBS Text History of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 422
Catalogue Code 280385

Description of this Book

Did you know that an assassin is a hashish-eater and a yokel a country woodpecker? That Dr Mesmer mesmerised patients back to health or that Samuel Pepys enjoyed a good game of handicap? While we're at it, what have spondulics to do with spines or lawyers with avocados? In It's a Wonderful Word , bestselling author Albert Jack collects over 500 of the strangest, funniest-sounding and most downright delightful words in the English language, and traces them back to their often puzzling origins. While brushing up on your gibberish or gobbledygook, discover why bastards should resent travelling salesmen, why sheets should remain on tenterhooks and why you should never set down a tumbler before finishing your drink. From blotto to bamboozle and from claptrap to quango, Albert Jack's addictive anecdotes bring the world's most colourful language to life and are guaranteed to surprise and entertain.

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Author's Bio

ALBERT JACK is a writer and historian. His first book, Red Herrings and White Elephants, explored the origins of well-known phrases; an international bestseller, it was serialised by the Sunday Times for over a year. He followed up this success with a series of bestsellers including Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep and Pop Goes the Weasel, a book exploring the dark histories and little-known meanings behind nursery rhymes. Fascinated by discovering the truth behind the world's great stories, Albert has become an expert in explaining the unexplained. He is now a veteran of hundreds of live television shows and thousands of radio appearances worldwide. He divides his time between Guildford and Cape Town.

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