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The painted word : a treasure chest of remarkable words and their origins

Author: Phil Cousineau; Gregg Chadwick
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Viva Editions, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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To untangle the knot of interlocking meanings of these painted words, logophile and mythologist Phil Cousineau begins each fascinating word entry with his own brief definition. He then fills it in with a tint of etymology and a smattering of quotes that show how the word is used, ending with a list of companion words. The words themselves range from commonplace ? like biscuit, a twice-baked cake for Roman soldiers ?  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phil Cousineau; Gregg Chadwick
ISBN: 9781936740178 1936740176 9781936740253 1936740257
OCLC Number: 777602014
Description: xxiii, 404 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Responsibility: by Phil Cousineau ; Artwork by Gregg Chadwick.

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To untangle the knot of interlocking meanings of these painted words, logophile and mythologist Phil Cousineau begins each fascinating word entry with his own brief definition. He then fills it in with a tint of etymology and a smattering of quotes that show how the word is used, ending with a list of companion words. The words themselves range from commonplace ? like biscuit, a twice-baked cake for Roman soldiers ? to loanwords including chaparral, from the Basque shepherds who came to the American West; words from myths, such as hector; metamorphosis words, like silly, which evolved holy to goofy in a mere thousand years; and words well worthy of revival, such as carrytale, a wandering storyteller. Whether old-fangled or brand new, all the words included in The Painted Word possess an ineffable quality that makes them luminous.--Amazon.com.

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