Who Put The Butter In Butterfly?: ... And other Fearless Investigations into Our Illogical Language

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Games & Activities - 224 pages
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The English language is filled with familiar words that, when one thinks about them, are downright peculiar: cooties, doozies, and heepie-jeebies; finks and funks; mugwumps and muumuus; deep six and cloud nine. There's only one pundit to solve these and other riddles of our spoken tongue: David Feildman, who in his bestselling Imponderables™ book and Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? has established himself as the unchallenged expert on answering and unanswerable.

Word Imponderables™ have always been favorites with Feldman's legions of fans, and in Who Put the Butter in Butterfly? he gets to the source of all the mysteries surrounding our curious vocabulary. Why do we mid our Ps and Qs and not our Vs and Ws? Which Toms lent their names to Peeping Tom, Tom Collins, and tommy gun. How does a Weasel go "pop" -- and why for that matter? And who are the Joneses we're supposed to be keeping up with?

Who Put the Butter in Butterfly? is a reference book you can't afford to be without. So don't beat around the bush , and don't wait until the eleventh hour to until the jig is up. This is compulsive reading for anyone incurable curious about the idiosyncrasies fo the language.

 

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User Review  - Heather19 - LibraryThing

Another disappointing read from David Feldman. If I wasn't so determined to finish the Imponderables series I would have quit a long time ago. There are some interesting tid-bits in here, but the fair ... Read full review

Contents

Cliches and Other Words to the Wise
1
Animals and Other Inhuman Words
17
Show Biz and All That Jazz
29
Euphonious WordsAnd They Sound Good
35
Lets Get Physical
45
Abbreviations and Other Tiny Words
51
Take Me Away Please
61
When Bad Things Happen to Good Words
67
Law Finance Politics and Other Disreputable Activities
103
Clothes Make the Word
121
Fun and Games
131
Theres No Place Like Other Places
143
Food Words for Thought
169
Local and Other Colors
185
Words Whose Only Deficiency Is Their Inability to Fit into Any of the Other Chapters
193
Bibliography 203 Help
199

Words About Words
85
By the Numbers
93
Index
205
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David Feldman is the author of ten previous volumes of Imponderables®. He has a master's degree in popular culture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and consults and lectures on the media. He lives in New York City.

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