Devious Derivations: Popular Misconceptions - and More Than 1,000 True Origins Or Common Words and Phrases

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Castle Books, 2002 - Reference - 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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Devious derivations: popular misconceptions--and more than 1, 000 true origins of common words and phrases

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If William Safire and David Letterman ever collaborate on a book about words, this could be their model. Beginning with adulteress (erroneously attributed to an au pair who called grown men "adults ... Read full review

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Enjoyable for any word lover, but not a must-have. Curiously, it is a book about wrong derivations, not right ones. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
16
Copyright

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Common terms and phrases

About the author (2002)

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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