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The Unexpected Evolution of Language: Discover the Surprising Etymology of Everyday Words
 
 
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Justin Cord Hayes.
Publisher Adams Media  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9781440542787
Pages/Publication Date 238/2012
Daedalus Item Code 33064
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You could call this book awful and the author wouldn't even mind. In fact, as Justin Cord Hayes tells us, "awful" once meant something worthy of respect or fear, inspiring awe, just as "bully" was something you liked, "defecate" once meant to purify or cleanse, to "invest" was to clothe, and "nice" was foolish or stupid—a definition that has almost come full-circle, as many people now pointedly say "nice" to comment upon that which isn't. In this entertaining dictionary of antiquated elucidations, Hayes reveals the origins of 208 everyday terms and the stories behind their shift in meaning.
 
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