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by Evan Morris

  • Author: Evan Morris
  • ISBN: 0452282640
  • ISBN13: 978-0452282643
  • ePub: 1427 kb | FB2: 1543 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Words Language & Grammar
  • Publisher: Plume (October 1, 2001)
  • Pages: 256
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Votes: 463
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The Word Detective: Solving the Mysteries Behind Those Pesky Words and Phrases ePub download

The Word Detective" provides information on word and phrase origins and debunks myths about them. Why do we say what we say? Fun and interesting to toss into a conversation! Will make you seem intelligent.

The Word Detective" provides information on word and phrase origins and debunks myths about them. Posh," for instance, isn't an acronym for "port out, starboard home. Sabotage" wasn't coined as a result of French workers tossing their wooden shoes (sabots) into machinery. And "Welsh Rarebit" is a corruption of "Welsh Rabbit," not the other way around. Morris's writing style combines scholarship with a wonderful sense of humor.

The Word Detective book. A collection of short essays examining the origins of many English words and phrases, all taken from the Word Detective newspaper column. Why do we say "scuttlebutt"? Is it "Welsh rabbit" or "Welsh rarebit"?

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The Word Detective snoops around, follows the leads, and uncovers the answers. Funny and offbeat, clever and curmudgeonly, irreverent and irritable, this detective is for all of us who appreciate a dash of wit with our words. Categories: Linguistics\Foreign: English.

ISBN13: 9780452282643. The Word Detective is Evan Morris' newspaper column and web site, devoted to finding out where different words and phrases originate

The Word Detective snoops around, follows the leads, and uncovers the answers. The Word Detective is Evan Morris' newspaper column and web site, devoted to finding out where different words and phrases originate. This book is a collection of his columns, but basically reads like a dictionary of curious sayings.

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The "Word Detective" searches out clues to the origin of interesting words and phrases, such as Big Apple, moxie, yahoo, gormless, feed a cold, and many others, in a collection of articles from the syndicated "Word Detective" column. Reprint.
Zonama
It's not often we find a "reference" book that delivers on the promise of its title and entertains at the same time. "The Word Detective" provides information on word and phrase origins and debunks myths about them. "Posh," for instance, isn't an acronym for "port out, starboard home." "Sabotage" wasn't coined as a result of French workers tossing their wooden shoes (sabots) into machinery. And "Welsh Rarebit" is a corruption of "Welsh Rabbit," not the other way around.
Morris's writing style combines scholarship with a wonderful sense of humor. Asked what the pundits think about a word, he replies, "I don't know that the pundits think. I had to get rid of them last week. Just the cost of pundit chow was bankrupting me, and their constant chattering was unbearable." Asked about the word "jackpot," Morris writes, "The first jackpot? Why, that would be the ill-fated Great Babylonian Pottery Lottery of 420 B.C., in which the first prize was six hundred pickled sheep packed into an enormous urn ninety Crullers (about seventy feet) tall. I understand they're still trying to catch up with the winner."
This isn't to say that the readers don't get actual, accurate answers. Morris, whose parents were the famous word experts, authors and editors William and Mary Morris, may know as much or more about word origins as anyone writing today... It's a delight from beginning to end.
Azago
The local paper used to print his column and then I discovered him online. I have, at least two, of his books and they are a great read. If you are even curious about Etymology, this is where to start. Evan has a unique history himself and a great sense of humor. I would recommend any of his books to anyone that is even remotely interested in word origins. [...]
Munimand
Phrase origins. Why do we say what we say? Fun and interesting to toss into a conversation! Will make you seem intelligent. Haha! Love the book.
spark
Came before due date. Was disappointed in the writing.. Lost interest in it by page 27.
Risteacor
I found this book in our local library and knew my sister-in-law, a word lover like me would enjoy it. It made a great Christmas gift.I'm so glad to have found it for a reasonable price.
Urtte
If you are curious about how a phrase like "soup to nuts" originated, then this is the book for you. Great fun to read. Highly recommended.
Acrobat
kids love it
I didn't find this book very interesting. It rambled too much. The information contained therein wasn't of a great deal of use to me.
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