Why aren’t bald eagles bald? What’s the link between gnomes and being enormous? What connects a Christmas carol with the Russian for "street?" Tracing the routes of more than 500 English words through time and across the globe, this guide underscores the surprising, amusing twists, turns, and encounters between words on their long journeys into modern English. For instance, the Kêres Greek goddesses of destruction who haunted Homeric battlefields dressed in blood-soaked robes, would probably be a little miffed to learn that the only decay with which they are today synonymous is tooth decay, or caries. Neither a straightforward dictionary of etymology nor a linear history of language, this is an entertaining alphabetical analysis of the stories behind many everyday words. It is an ideal companion for journalists, teachers, historians, or simply anyone who is interested in the fascinating story of the English language.
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Alexander Tulloch is a writer, linguist, and translator. He has lectured on Russian and Spanish literature for almost 30 years and has published articles on the history of language as well as translations of the work of Gogol and Galdós. He is a fellow of the Institute of Linguists.Review:
"Both informative and entertaining—a linguistic 'Call my Bluff' in which the oddest explanations often turn out to be the truth." —Good Book Guide
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Descrizione libro Peter Owen Ltd, 2005. Paperback. Condizione libro: Brand New. 205 pages. 7.25x5.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0720612438
Descrizione libro Peter Owen Publishers, 2004. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0720612438
Descrizione libro Peter Owen Publishers, 2004. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0720612438