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Origins of the Specious by Patricia T. O'Conner
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Sep 05, 2011

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Read from September 06 to 10, 2011

I had expected this book to be a more narrative, in-depth look at the evolution of the English language. Instead, it's a series of vignettes on the origins (and fake origins) of different words and phrases. I found it a bit too disjointed to hold my attention, but it would probably be interesting to someone who is very interested in language (and particularly word origins).

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