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Hot for Words: Answers to All Your Burning Questions About Words and Their Meanings Paperback – August 18, 2009
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From the Back Cover
Intelligence is sexy.
Good morning, dear students, and welcome to my favorite class: philology, or the love of words.
For me, nothing is more seductive than a good word origin story. I can't get enough. I mean, have you ever wondered what the word "cocktail" has to do with drinks? Or whether "hussy" was always an insult? Or why Benedict got his very own egg recipe? These are the types of questions that keep me awake all night long.
Whether you've been a straight-A follower of my YouTube channel or this is your first adventure in philology, I think that soon you'll be just as hot for words as I am! Are you ready for class to begin?
About the Author
Voted the Sexiest Geek of the Year and a Hottest Woman of the Web, Marina Orlova has degrees in Russian and English language instruction. Her popular YouTube channel has more than 170,000 subscribers, and she's a regular on The O'Reilly Factor. Marina lives in California.
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Top Customer Reviews
Now to the book itself and why I give it a Mighty 5 out of 5 stars.
The books size is about that of a Manga paperback book. Those Manga are black and white pages and cost $10.
Magazines today average about $6.99
And even a single comic book is $3.99
Getting this book for $14.99 but with online discounts like here.
Well it's more then worth it!
They use slick high gloss paper and color photos. And with the price of paper going up in recent years, I'm surprised the price was this low.
I wrote the above to give a perspective of the overall book design. But now I'll
talk about the content.
This book is about words and their origins.
Besides the beautiful photos. She shows how brainy she is.
She mentions a word and then actually tells a story about the meaning of the word. The way she writes and weaves a story, it leaves an impression and makes you remember it. I don't think anyone who reads this book won't walk away without at least remembering a few words and their origins.
Each words origin takes a page and is then followed by a related trivia question.
And best of all is that you do not have to read this book in order. You can skip around and read the words that catch your initial interest, and get back to the rest later.
Overall the presentation is excellent, with a fun atmosphere. And you really will learn something reading this book. My youtube is RobNY710
The first thing that I noticed about the book, besides the beautiful and complimentary photos of Marina, was the style in which the book was written. Marina talks to you as if she was sitting right there besides you. I was also pleasantly surprised, for a book of this size being packed with interesting facts and interesting stories that I had never heard of before. I have only read some of the book's contents so far, and already I feel I have received another lifetime of education. I was chuckling at the chapter on "Partridge" as Marina's sense of humor and style comes through as if I were watching one of her video lessons on [...]. [...]
In addition to Marina's Introduction, the Extra Credit section, the Questions & Answers, and the Afterword, I particularly liked how the book and table of contents was laid out in the style of a classroom schedule. I loved Marina's Afterword and throughout the book, Marina's up and close personality shines through as if I had known her for years.
Despite Marina's soft and sexy photos, she does not let you off the hook that easy. She knows the tricks of uncovering the stories and origins of words and she challenges her students likewise. I can't resist a challenge, especially from someone as personable and endearing as Marina.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Intelligence is sexy, and Marina really lives up to this. A truly nice book, and her video blog is also well worth watchingPublished 19 months ago by Henrik Blunck
Great book, it's hard to read like a novel but you can learn a ton. It's presented in a fun format and it doesn't hurt that Marina is gorgeous. Read morePublished on August 15, 2014 by Hardliner Bullet
If you want to read a book that has a half naked woman on every page, then this is it. I'm embarrassed to have this book and am going to donate it. Not what i thought it was.Published on May 15, 2014 by Karonwyn
This BooK was Amazing.
Nice Glossy pages with pictures of Marina with great history of the origin of WoRDS.
Great Words of Great works by Marina. Read more
ordered for dh while he is away and he said it was not the great kind of blah sad =(Published on February 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Marina Orlova really is a linguist with two degrees in philology and has taught Russian and English. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by tvtv3
Hot for Words delves into words and their origins and meanings. On that note it does well. The pages are additionally adorned with attractive pictures of the author. Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by Brant Gurganus
if your curious about where words and slang sayings come from then this is the book for you. and if your a guy you'll love all the sexy photo's of the author inside , although... Read morePublished on April 13, 2010 by John G
This book is great, interesting, and educational. With a teacher like Marina, who wouldn't wanted to learn? By the way, nice pictures :)Published on March 19, 2010 by E. Ramirez