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Word Nerd: More Than 17,000 Fascinating Facts about Words

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From the best-selling author of '14,000 Things To Be Happy About' comes a compendium of more than 18,000 fascinating facts about words. Practical enough to use as a dictionary and fun enough to use as a conversation piece, 'Word Nerd' is aimed at the nerd in all of us.
Paperback, 570 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Sourcebooks
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This is a hilarious, useful, random book. I'd highly recommend it - and if you are already a lover of words, this is an absolute must-read!
Jun 06, 2008 rated it liked it
This book is interesting-- and it wasn't that I really didn't like it enough to finish it, just that I don't have time to read a dictionary!
Sep 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: reference
Very very interesting book on the nature of words and their original meanings.
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Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
A wonderful book for people who love words and learning interesting facts about how words are used.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Word Nerd" is awesome. This book contains much beloved wisdom of word origins.
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is interesting because the book that I own looks EXACTLY like this one, same ISBN, same publication date, same number of pages, except one minor detail. My book title is:

"Word Nerd More than 17,000 Fascinating Facts About Words"

I guess I got fewer facts! ;-)

I searched the Internet and all the titles that I could find say 18,000 facts. Go figure?

Somebody doesn't have their "facts" together... (Sorry. I couldn't resist that one.)

As for the book contents: I like it. This is the same person tha
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book. I'm a nerd like that.
Jan 11, 2010 marked it as to-read
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I check this out from the library and realized it read more like a dictionary. I still would like to go through this book, but I need to buy it so I can do it at a leisurely pace.
Well, I think we all know my particular weakness by now. Rosie is more likely to bear the Donald's lovechild than I to leave the store without this addition to my collection.
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Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer (born in 1954) is a lexicographer,as well as an archaeologist. She has written more than 60 books, including 14,000 Things to be Happy About (Workman), which has more than a million copies in print and has given rise to many Page-a-Day calendars. The 25th anniversary edition of the book was published in October 2014. She is the editor of Roget's International Thesaurus.