The Accidental Dictionary
The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words
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ISBN10: 1681775697 ISBN13: 9781681775692 Publisher: Pegasus Books Published: Oct 3 2017 Pages: 242 Weight: 0.75lbs. Height: 8.75" Width: 6.00" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
Busking, for instance, originally meant piracy. Grin meant to snarl. A bimbo was a man; nice meant ignorant; glamor was magic, and a cupboard was a table. Buxom used to mean obedient; a cloud was a rock; raunchy originally meant dirty.
Focusing on one hundred surprising threads in the evolution of English, The Accidental Dictionary reveals the etymological origins and quirky developments that have led to the meanings we take for granted today. It is a weird and wonderful journey into words.
So, let's revel in its randomness and delight in its diversity--our dictionary is indeed accidental.