Devious Derivations: Popular Misconceptions - and More Than 1,000 True Origins Or Common Words and Phrases
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 phrasesUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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