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
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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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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