What in the Word?: Wordplay, Word Lore, And Answers to the Peskiest Questions About Language (Paperback)
 
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What in the Word?: Wordplay, Word Lore, And Answers to the Peskiest Questions About Language (Paperback)

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    Are you so sure about "assure," "ensure," and "insure" ? Can you determine whether a knob of butter is equivalent to a lump or a pat or a scosh? Can you say which word in the English language has the most definitions, or who put the H in Jesus H. ......more

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Are you so sure about "assure," "ensure," and "insure" ? Can you determine whether a knob of butter is equivalent to a lump or a pat or a scosh? Can you say which word in the English language has the most definitions, or who put the H in Jesus H. Christ?

If you can't, be assured that Charles Harrington Elster, author of several well-loved works on language, can-and does in his latest book, a delightfully designed compendium of the most common, interesting, and entertaining conundrums in our language. Drawing upon esoteric sources and his own inimitable expertise, Elster uses a lively question-and-answer format to cover a variety of topics-word and phrase origins, slang, style, usage, punctuation, and pronunciation. Every chapter features original brainteasers, challenging puzzles, and a trove of literary trivia.

CHARLES HARRINGTON ELSTER is a writer, broadcaster, and logophile-a lover of words. He is the author of several books, including The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations, Verbal Advantage, and There's a Word for It. He is also a guest contributor to the "On Language" column of the New York Times Magazine. He lives in San Diego.

Author:
Elster, Charles Harrington
Genre:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
Audience:
College/higher education
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
286
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Publish Date:
09/28/2005
Copyright Year:
2005
ISBN:
9780156031974
Height:
7.75 in
Wdth:
5.25 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.65 lb
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