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In a Word: 750 Words and Their Fascinating Stories and Origins

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What's in a word? A lot, as IN A WORD tells us! Words travel through time and evolve—-taking on new characteristics, new meanings, and providing fascinating tales of people, places, and times long ago. Each entry of IN A WORD tells its tale in a witty short-story style, often accompanied by fun illustrations.

Though several of the entries in the book provide the kind of linguistic details found in the finest dictionaries, IN A WORD's lively, anecdotal style makes it more entertaining than a traditional reference book. It's a perfect addition to any family home, or as a gift.

The book also comes with a language chart and index. With an introduction by a linguistics scholar.

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Each word or phrase used today had a beginning - a reason for being coined. Words travel through time and evolve, taking on new characteristics, new meanings, and fascinating tales of people, places, and events. Applaud, for example, goes back to ancient Rome, when an actor would turn to the audience and demand "Plaudite!" ("Clap!") This fun book contains 750 word origins written in a witty short-story style. Many of the words are accompanied by "P.S.'s," that provide details about a word's history and usage. Witty illustrations by Tom Lopes showcase many of the words' visual connections. The book comes with a language chart, an index, and an introduction by a linguistics scholar.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812627107
ill.:
Lopes, Tom
Publisher:
Cricket Books
Illustrator:
Lopes, Tom
Author:
Baker, Rosalie
Author:
Lopes, Tom
Location:
Peterborough, N.H.
Subject:
General
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Reference - General
Subject:
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Reference/General
Subject:
Etymology
Subject:
English language -- Etymology.
Subject:
Children s-Reference General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
89
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW illustrations throughout
Pages:
250
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in 18.5 oz
Age Level:
09-16

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Each word or phrase used today had a beginning - a reason for being coined. Words travel through time and evolve, taking on new characteristics, new meanings, and fascinating tales of people, places, and events. Applaud, for example, goes back to ancient Rome, when an actor would turn to the audience and demand "Plaudite!" ("Clap!") This fun book contains 750 word origins written in a witty short-story style. Many of the words are accompanied by "P.S.'s," that provide details about a word's history and usage. Witty illustrations by Tom Lopes showcase many of the words' visual connections. The book comes with a language chart, an index, and an introduction by a linguistics scholar.
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