Word Mysteries and Histories: From Quiche to Humble Pie
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 1986 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 308 pages
Delightful reading for all lovers of the language, animated by Barry Moser's haunting wood engravings. This superb collection of 500 English word origins is the perfect book for browsers, students and word aficionados. 34 woodcut illustrations.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This is a moderately interesting book, in that there are wonderful nuggets of information sprinkled across a sea of rather bland prose -- and this is from a devoted linguaphile! It's probably better to read it as you're reading other books instead of all at once. I got it cheap, so I can't complain about the price. I just wish that the authors had focused in on the more interesting words rather than include so many dull ones.
Review: Word Mysteries and Histories: From Quiche to Humble PieUser Review - Goodreads
Full of tasty morsels of etymology, I was entertained and edified at the same time.