What's In a Word?: Fascinating Stories of More Than 350 Everyday Words and Phrases
Have you ever woken up on the wrong side of the bed? Did you make it to that early morning meeting by the skin of your teeth? Was your heart in the right place when you proposed that idea, even though you couldn't hold a candle to the guy next to you who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth?
If you've ever wondered what that word or phrase you just heard means, What...more
That's why when I heard about the book. What's in a Word?, I was pretty excited. Unfortunately it didn't take long for my excitement to deflate.
“What’s in a Word” provides snippets of information on the origin of 350 words and phrases organized by chapters like “Household”, “Growing Things”, “Common Speech” and “Males and Females”, to name a few. This is a great coffee table book and is the companion to Webb Garrison’s “Why You ...more
Garrison’s What’s In A Word? is an informative, educational trip through the origins of three hundred fifty words and phrases. Did you know the saxophone takes its name from its inventor, Joseph Sax? Or that the word “monkey” ...more
A whole lot of the words featured have histories you would expect. Then there comes a gem and you think, "I would have never thought that"!
I kept this book by my bedside and enjoyed several pages every night for a month. I am passing along to my grandson who also enjoys looking up obscure words.
You can tell this author did a lot of rese ...more