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QPB Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson
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I found the book full of interesting information, and a place to start, but not always complete or definitive.

For example, in the entry for "gaffer", at the end of the entry is says "A gaffer is also the chief lighting technician on a movie or TV set," That is great as a definition, but it gives us absolutely no information as to why the word came to be used, the etymology of the the word in this context.

In other words, it doesn't live up to its title all the time.

Overall, though, I do enjoy the book, as I am a word junkie. (A map junkie too, but that doesn't apply to this book,)
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