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Toponymity: An Atlas of Words
 
 
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John Bemelmans Marciano.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.15 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781608193707
Pages/Publication Date 170/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31926
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It's no secret that America's cookouts owe a lot to the exports of the European towns of Frankfurt and Hamburg, but we may not realize how much we've also taken from Budweis and Pilsen. Likewise, we know who to thank for Panama hats and Bermuda shorts. But did you know that Tuxedo Park, New York, brought Americans a staple of formal wear? Or that the Bikini Atoll gave us something a bit less formal to wear? In his ingenious follow-up to Anonyponymous, John Bemelmans Marciano brings us a geographical new perspective on everyday words, revealing our linguistic heritage in all its richness and—to use another toponym—serendipity. Witty, hand-drawn maps abound.
 
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