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Port Out, Starboard Home by Michael Quinion
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Jul 08, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: 2006, language, english, male-writers
Read in October, 2006

A book about words! A book with stories about words! Of course, I had to buy it. And I had the intension to read it, but I gave up after the letter "G". Yes, the stories are fascinating (some of them). But not fascinating to read. I thought there would be chapters with stories about a specific subject or family of words, but the book is written like an encyclopedia, and really, they don't make the best reading material.

But it is fun to look up words at random and read their story. It's useful to have around and if you ever need information about the background of some word, feel free to ask. Or, if you are really interested in language, buy the book. Unless you study linguistics, in which case this book may be too inaccurate for you. Not that I would find it inaccurate, but I don't trust information easily, and I don't know the professional reputation of Mr. Quinion in the linguistics department.

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