What in the Word? : Wordplay, Word Lore, and Answers to Your Peskiest Questions about Language
- Paperback | 286 pages
- 132.1 x 195.6 x 12.7mm | 249.48g
- 01 Nov 2005
- Mariner Books
- United States
- Illustrations, black and white
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Back cover copy
If you don't, be assured that Charles Harrington Elster does, and he tells all in this entertaining collection of the most interesting conundrums in our language. Using esoteric sources and his own inimitable expertise, Elster covers a variety of topics including word and phrase origins, slang, style, usage, punctuation, and pronunciation. Every chapter features original brainteasers, challenging puzzles, and a trove of literary trivia, so be prepared to play while you read.
"Delightfully funny and informative. Every page is filled with amazing and amusing facts about our quirky language. The Wordbook of the Year!"--Sol Steinmetz, coauthor of Meshuggenary: Celebrating the World of Yiddish
"This book is at once authoritative and lively. Elster knows how to have fun."--Bryan A. Garner, author of Garner's Modern American Usage
"A cornucopia of linguistic fun. Fill your horn!"--Anu Garg, creator of wordsmith.org
Charles Harrington Elster is a writer, broadcaster, and logophile--a lover of words. He is the author of several books and has been a guest columnist on language for the Boston Globe and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in San Diego.
"Ek-STROR-di-ner-ee. The best survey of the spoken field in years."--William Safire, "The New York Times Magazine"