Devious derivations: popular misconceptions, and more than 1,000 true origins of common words and phrases

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Castle Books, Jan 1, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 245 pages
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This complete summary packed with colorful and educational anecdotes offers information about the odd origins of such diverse words and phrases as condom, sirloin, horse latitudes, harlot, and shyster.

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About the author (2003)

Margaret Miner and Hugh Rawson are also the editors of The New International Dictionary of Quotations, A Dictionary of Quotations from the Bible, and A Dictionary of Quotations from Shakespeare. Hugh is also the author of Wicked Words, Devious Derivations, and Rawson's Dictionary of Euphemisms and
Other Doubletalk. They live in Roxbury, Connecticut.

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