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What in the word? : wordplay, word lore, and answers to the peskiest questions about language

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  • ISBN: 9780156031974 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 0156031973 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: xvi, 286 p. ; 21 cm.
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  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, Inc., c2005.

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General Note: A Harvest original.
Bibliography, etc.:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-273) and index.
Contents:
Once upon a word : word histories, mysteries, hoaxes, and hype : sorting the tall tales from the truth -- A slough of solecisms : wherein the author leads you safely out of a morass of mistakes and misperceptions into the clear, comforting light of correct English -- The grandiloquent gumshoe : words recovered, discovered, and devised -- The elegance of style : distinctions, clarifications, niceties, and other little things that make your language more polished and precise -- A civil tongue : wherein the author launders your pronunciation and presses you to speak with propriety and poise -- Born in the U.S.A. : some quintessentially American words and expressions, from okay to humongous, with some other American stuff thrown in just for fun -- The wonder of words : a fascinating farrago of word lore and wordplay that just didn't fit anywhere else.
Subject: Americanisms
Plays on words
English language Style
English language Usage
English language Etymology
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