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The Illustrated Etymologicon

Mark Forsyth
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Item #: UX1762
Format: (hc)
Pages: 18
Publication Date: 2021
How chickens led to calling billiards "pool," why Hitler would've been offended if you called him a "Nazi," an eighteenth-century recipe for the original "humble pie," how the "bogey man" of Victorian myth lent his name to a golf score, why both the centers of your eyes and young students are called "pupils"—and a whirlwind of other fascinating etymolo... More
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How chickens led to calling billiards "pool," why Hitler would've been offended if you called him a "Nazi," an eighteenth-century recipe for the original "humble pie," how the "bogey man" of Victorian myth lent his name to a golf score, why both the centers of your eyes and young students are called "pupils"—and a whirlwind of other fascinating etymological stories fill this entertaining book, newly enhanced with clever vintage-style illustrations. A perfect gift for good-humored word-lovers, The Illustrated Etymologicon kept me constantly surprised and amused.


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