It's a Wonderful Word: The Real Origins of Our Favourite Words

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It's a Wonderful Word: The Real Origins of Our Favourite Words, Albert Jack

Did you know that an assassin is a hashish-eater and a yokel a country woodpecker?

That Dr Mesmer mesmerised patients back to health or that Samuel Pepys enjoyed a good game of handicap?

While we're at it, what have spondulics to do with spines or lawyers with avocados?

In It's a Wonderful Word, bestselling author Albert Jack collects over 500 of the strangest, funniest-sounding and most delightful words in the English language, and traces them back to their often puzzling origins. While brushing up on your gibberish or gobbledygook, discover why bastards should resent travelling salesmen, why sheets should remain on tenterhooks and why you should never set down a tumbler before finishing your drink.

From blotto to bamboozle and from claptrap to quango, Albert Jack's addictive anecdotes bring the world's most colourful language to life and are guaranteed to surprise and entertain.

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $22.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780099562320
    Published: 15/07/2012
    Imprint: Arrow
  • eBook
    ISBN: 9781446456095
    Published: 03/11/2011
    Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
    Extent: 288 pages
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