Accidental Dictionary The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words

Accidental Dictionary The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words

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Jones Paul Anthony
Elliott & Thompson Limited
EAN: 9781783962976
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How well do you know your words?

Buxom used to mean obedient
A cloud was a rock
Raunchy originally meant dirty

Brimming with hidden histories and tantalising twists, The Accidental Dictionary tells the extraordinary stories behind ordinary words.

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.

Busking, for instance, originally meant piracy. Grin meant to snarl. A bimbo was a man, nice meant ignorant, glamour was magic and a cupboard was a table...

Focusing on 100 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.

So, let's revel in its randomness and delight in its diversity - our dictionary is indeed accidental.

EAN 9781783962976
ISBN 1783962976
Typ produktu Pevná vazba
Vydavatel Elliott & Thompson Limited
Datum vydání 13. října 2016
Stránky 224
Jazyk English
Rozměry 198 x 129
Země United Kingdom
Sekce General
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