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All In a Word: 100 Delightful Excursions into the Uses and Abuses of Words

 
 
Author
Vivian Cook.
Publisher Melville House  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9781935554226
Pages/Publication Date 305/2010
Daedalus Item Code 41068
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How do we learn words as a child? How are words coined, and why do they die out? Why are some never spoken, and others never written? British linguistics professor Vivian Cook—author of Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary—was perhaps destined to explore the whys of words, as he frequently encounters those who don't realize the difference between Vivian and Vivien, and thus assume he is a woman. Here he employs an irresistible mix of information, curiosity, and fun to explore the rich connotations and hidden natures of polite words and crass words, p.c. words and Shakespearean words, food and wine words and jazz and drug words.
 
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