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Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins

by William Morris and Mary Morris (Editors)

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Anyone interested in the English language will be fascinated by - and then obsessed with - this dictionary that reads like an erudite gossip column for the city of words. The Morrises bring an extensive knowledge of literature and linguistics and a perceptive sense of humor to their task. They reveal their expertise in informal, often witty, always piquant definitions of words that have crept into general usage via circuitous routes. In addition to being an indispensable reference volume, this book could well be picked up at random and read with interest and delight. For anyone seeking an engaging, entertaining, and thoroughly readable work on word histories the Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins could not be more highly recommended.

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