Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do with Pigs - and Other Fascinating Facts about the Language from Canadas Word Lady
|Catalogue No.||978-0-19-542708-0||Catalogue No.||0-19-542440-9|
|Language||English only||Language||English only|
Written by Katherine Barber.
Published by Oxford University Press, 2006.
|Did you know that the word
travel is derived from an instrument of torture? That
tragedy originally was something to do with goats? That
grammar and glamour started out as one and the same
word? These and many other fascinating and surprising tidbits about the history
of words are revealed in this delightful volume, many culled from interviews
first aired on CBC Radio 1, featuring the Word Lady,
Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford
Dictionary, Katherine Barber.
In the lively, witty, and entertaining style that has won her so many fans in Canada and around the world, Katherine Barber presents over 500 intriguing and entertaining little histories of some of the most common (and interesting) words in the English language.
The words are arranged thematically by season. Readers can frolic through the many words from the barnyard, the garden, and the cottage in the Spring, feast on Summers fruits and all of the colourful stories to be found there, gear up for back-to-school by learning the truth behind algebra, grammar, and dunces, and discover the real reason that Christmas shopping is always such a feverish pursuit. Along the way, youll follow words back through Old English, medieval French, Anglo-Saxon, ancient Greek, Latin, Arabic, as well as the languages of China, the Indian subcontinent, and Canadas Aboriginal peoples.
With its accessible conversational style and captivating content, Katherine Barbers Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do with Pigs is a book readers will want to dip into time and again that is, if they can ever put it down.
From the same author: Only in Canada, You Say: A Treasury of Canadian Language
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