"Think "hot dog" was coined by a New York baseball vendor, or that a certain vulgarity originated as an acronym? Then you need to read this book, which shows that some of the best etymological stories are just tall tales."--Chicago Tribune (10 Best Books About Language, 2004)
David Wilton, a writer, lives in California. He runs the popular website Wordorigins.org.
A fun read! It's all stuff you can find online, but the organization in a book format allows for a lot more depth and continuity. It's also fun to highlight and make notes.Published 6 months ago by arunan
Just starting to enjoy this little gem. But I can already tell it will serve as grist for the proverbial conversational mill for years to come!Published 10 months ago by GingerAZ
I sent copies to each of my many grandchildren - and then I actually read it and discovered that I could do as well on my own.Published 13 months ago by Charles A. Ellis MD
This book corrects many verbal myths and sheds light (sometimes a bit more that I wanted to have) on commonly used slang or street language. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dr. B.
I admit to being a word geek. I love the picky nonsense of grammar (and the huge fights that result from it) but most of all, I love a good etymology. Mr. Read morePublished 17 months ago by K. Albeck
This book is a handy, fun reference to discovering the entomology of words and phrases we use all the time.Published 18 months ago by Jack Getz
Got it for her birthday, she has been reading it ever since. Very interesting topics are discussed in its chapters.Published 20 months ago by Sam Hahn
Starts off interesting, but eventually grows boring, as he shoots down word-myth after word-myth using essentially the same argument each time -- the word appears in the record... Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by A. Tady