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1,001 Words and Phrases You Never Knew You Didn't Know

W. R. Runyan
# UP7132 Paperback, 180 pages; 2011
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When was the last time you heard someone complain about a broken swamp cooler? Does your old-school office still have a hektograph machine? Did you know treadmills didn't originally refer to exercise devices? Because the English language is an ever-changing beast, tied inextricably to shifting cultures and changes in technology, over time words can fall out of usage or sometimes change meaning altogether. This compendium of 1,001 Words and Phrases You Never Knew You Didn't Know will introduce word lovers to hundreds of "vintage" words and phrases that were once in common use across America…but now are mostly encountered in historical fiction. How illuminating! (KG)
 
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