Words to the Wise: A Lighthearted Look at the English Language

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You?ve been dying to know: How did punctuation get started? (Monks did it.) Where did ?nerds? come from? (Dr. Seuss.) And what exactly is a checkered past? (A 14th-century French allusion to snowy white and shadowy black chessboard squares.) Language lover and English expert Michael J. Sheehan answers these and hundreds more questions in the new book, ?Words to the Wise: A Lighthearted Look at the English Language.? In it, you?ll discover whether a rebuke is worse than a reproof (yes), how SPAM got its name (SPiced HAm) and ...

Words to the Wise: A Lighthearted Look at the English Language 2004, Arbutus Press

ISBN-13: 9780966531688

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