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The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson
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Oct 12, 07

Recommended for: anyone who likes to look up popular phrases and words they hear
Read in February, 2007

This book is FILLED with random little nuggets of history concerning where and when Words themselves were created. Most are pretty straight forward but some are downright funny. The word "Kangaroo" was invented when explorers asks the natives of Australia what the strage creatures that jumped around on two legs was called and the natives responded with three words that sound like "Kan-Gah-Roo." The explorers naturally thoughts this is what the animals were called...but in reality the natives were trying to say "I Don't Know" and convey that they simply didn't understand what they were saying. This book is great to leave on the shelf and pull down whenever you hear something strange in a day or just feel like looking up where the word "Okay" came from. Enjoy.
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