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Horsefeathers and Other Curious Words
ISBN 0062733532 / 9780062733535 / 0-06-273353-2
Publisher Harper Paperbacks
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If you've ever wondered why the candy is called butterscotch; why a certain southern food is called a hush puppy; why tog supports in a fireplace are known as andirons, or sometimes firedogs, you'll be fascinated by the origins of the more than 600 words discussed in "a book that gets curiouser and curiouser as it goes along" (Son Francisco Chronicle).[via]