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The accidental dictionary : the remarkable twists and turns of English words

Author: Paul Anthony Jones
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Pegasus books hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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Examines the etymological origins and developments of one hundred words, including "brothel," "grin," and "zombie."
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Dictionaries
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Anthony Jones
ISBN: 9781681775692 1681775697
OCLC Number: 1004424520
Description: xi, 242 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Paul Anthony Jones.

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Examines the etymological origins and developments of one hundred words, including "brothel," "grin," and "zombie."

"Our everyday language is full of surprises; its origins are stranger than you might think. Any word might be knocked and buffeted, subjected to twists and turns, expansions and contractions, happy and unhappy accidents. There are intriguing tales behind even the most familiar terms, and they can say as much about the present as they do the past...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."

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