HAGGARD HAWKS AND PALTRY POLTROONS:


HAGGARD HAWKS AND PALTRY POLTROONS:

PAUL ANTHONY    Book Number: 82691    Product format: Hardback

Wordsmiths will find this unique approach to language completely irresistible, while it is also an accessible way in to the subject of etymology for the uninitiated. 50 different lists bring together ten words that look different but have common origins, accompanied by a full and fascinating explanation of their derivation. Words invented by Shakespeare - who gave the English language more neologisms than anyone else - include Amazing, Assassination, Barefaced and Watchdog. Words associated with "father" include Abbot, from the ancient Greek "abba", used in the Bible, Compatriot, meaning someone who shares the same fatherland, and Patronise, which originated in the 16th century, so perhaps we dare admit that originally it meant to behave like a father. Ten imitative words are a lot of fun: Bombinate (to buzz), Oompah (imitating a deep brass instrument), Planxty (a lively Irish tune played on the fiddle) and Ululate - to howl. Words with interesting alternative meanings include Rabbit (something stolen) and Vampire (stage trapdoor), and ten words used in English but not American include Fortnight, Gormless and Titchy. Un-putdownable (now where does that come from?). 274pp.
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