Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two: The Hidden Lives and Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words [Pehme köide]

  • Formaat: Paperback, 180 pages, kõrgus x laius x paksus: 197x131x11 mm, kaal: 154 g
  • Ilmumisaeg: 28-Nov-2007
  • Kirjastus: Plume
  • ISBN-10: 0452288614
  • ISBN-13: 9780452288614
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  • Formaat: Paperback, 180 pages, kõrgus x laius x paksus: 197x131x11 mm, kaal: 154 g
  • Ilmumisaeg: 28-Nov-2007
  • Kirjastus: Plume
  • ISBN-10: 0452288614
  • ISBN-13: 9780452288614
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The founder of Wordsmith.org explores the fascinating origins and history behind more than three hundred words, names, terms, and phrases, including the etymology of such items as deipnosophist, philomath, illeist, accismus, petrichor, and more. Original. 35,000 first printing.

From the creator of the popular A.Word.A.Day e-mail newsletter A collection of some of the most interesting stories and fascinating origins behind more than 300 words, names, and terms by the founder of WordSmith.org. Did you know: There’s a word for the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell? Petrichor, combining petros (Greek for stone) and ichor (the fluid that flows in the veins of Greek gods). An illeist is one who refers to oneself in the third person. There’s a word for feigning lack of interest in something while actually desiring it: accismus. For any aspiring deipnosophist (a good conversationalist at meals) or devoted Philomath (a lover of learning), this anthology of entertaining etymology is an ideal way to have fun while getting smarter.
Introduction ix
Hidden Lives of Everyday Words
1(10)
Didn't You Just Make This Up?
11(8)
Tasty Words
19(12)
People Who Became Words
31(12)
There Is Even a Word for That
43(12)
Fictional Characters Who Came Alive
55(10)
You Have Changed!
65(8)
Dickensian Characters Who Became Words
73(10)
Words to Describe People: Insults
83(8)
Streets That Became Metaphors
91(6)
How Do You Measure the Warmth of Clothes?
97(12)
Places That Became Words
109(14)
Lexicographer, There Is a Fly in My Language!
123(8)
Words About Words and Languages
131(12)
It's All a Myth
143(14)
Ultimately We Are All Related: The Story of Indo-European
157(8)
These Sound Good---Let's Copy Them!
165(5)
Answers to Puzdes 170(7)
Acknowledgments 177(1)
Index of Terms 178