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Magic Words: A Dictionary Paperback – October 1, 2008
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A vividly written introduction includes contemplations on ritual and pronunciation, and each multi-paragraph entry explains meanings, origins, and literary references. --Library Journal, October 2008
I am in awe of the volume and variety of the usages and references discussed: the research seems monumental. . . . Recommended as a very useful resource... ---Phil Willmarth, Linking Ring Magazine
Wonderful. ---Graham P. Collins, editor of Scientific American
[A]n impressive work. . . ---Brad Henderson, MAGIC, The Magazine for Magicians
About the Author
When it comes to his research Craig Conley has often been called a "language fanatic" by gossip columnist Cindy Adams and a "cult hero" by Publisher's Weekly. His exhaustive research led him to compile Magic Words: A Dictionary. He is also the author of One-Letter Words: A Dictionary and a regular columnist for Pentacle magazine. He lives in Florida and Wales, UK.
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I returned it only because it wasn't the topic I expected, my fault for not reading the description(my fault).
Really it's a simple description of how each word was used, with a bit of etymology (word origin).