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Thereby Hangs A Tale: Stories of Curious Word Origins

by Funk, Charles E.

Publisher:William Morrow Paperbacks



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Paperback. Pub Date: October 2002 Pages: 320 in Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers The Greek root of the school means leisure.A language the where hearse and rehearse have of the same root and the word dunce comes from a great philosopher English has hundreds of every day words that originated or acquired their meaning in unusual ways. Dictionaries don't have the space to tell us all the mysteries. but now Dr. Funk. with humor and insight. tells us the strange and intriguing stories of hundreds of words and how they came to be a part of our language. Recommended to everyone interested in the color and background of words. - Nation

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