Record Details

Catalog Search

The accidental dictionary : the remarkable twists and turns of English words / Paul Anthony Jones.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Library.

Current holds

0 current holds with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Homer Public Library 422 JON 000157242 Nonfiction Place on copy / volume Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781681775692
  • ISBN: 1681775697
  • Physical Description: xi, 242 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Pegasus books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-242).
Summary, etc.:
Examines the etymological origins and developments of one hundred words, including "brothel," "grin," and "zombie."
"Our everyday language is full of surprises; its origins are stranger than you might think. Any word might be knocked and buffeted, subjected to twists and turns, expansions and contractions, happy and unhappy accidents. There are intriguing tales behind even the most familiar terms, and they can say as much about the present as they do the past ... Focusing on one hundred surprising threads in the evolution of English, The Accidental Dictionary reveals the etymological origins and quirky developments that have led to the meanings we take for granted today. It is a weird and wonderful journey into words." --Provided by publisher.
Subject: English language > Etymology.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES > Linguistics > Etymology.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES > Linguistics > Historical & Comparative.
English language > Etymology.
Genre: Nonfiction.