The Accidental Dictionary

The Accidental Dictionary

The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words

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Examines the etymological origins and developments of one hundred words, including "brothel," "grin," and "zombie."
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2017
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781681775692
Characteristics: xi, 242 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: 422 JON

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Nov 29, 2018

A fun, playful, interesting and informative little book on one hundred words and their circuitous semantic (and sometimes morphological) developments. The bibliography is worth looking into - many of the items are available from online sources - but it also lacks inclusion of works quoted in the text. The entries are short - about two pages - so its ideal for dipping into.

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