Thereby Hangs A Tale

Stories of Curious Word Origins

by Charles E. Funk

On Sale: 10/01/2002

Thereby Hangs A Tale

Stories of Curious Word Origins

by Charles E. Funk

On Sale: 10/01/2002

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About the Book

From “mad as a wet hen” to “corn dodger” and “hobgoblin,” Charles Funk’s collections of curious words and expressions are a treasure trove of word origin.

In a language where hearse and rehearse have the same root and the word dunce comes from a great philosopher, English has hundreds of everyday words that originated or acquired their meanings in unusual ways. Dictionaries don’t have the space to tell us all the mysteries but now Dr. Funk, with humor and insight, tells us the strange and intriguing stories of hundreds of words and how they came to be a part of our language.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060513382
  • ISBN 10: 0060513381
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 10/01/2002
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : REFERENCE / Word Lists
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / Social History
  • BISAC3 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Etymology
  • BISAC4 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
  • BISAC5 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
  • BISAC6 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Authorship
  • BISAC7 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Writing / Fiction Writing
  • BISAC8 : EDUCATION / Reference
  • BISAC9 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Writing / Nonfiction (incl. Memoirs)
  • BISAC10 : REFERENCE / Trivia

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