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Wordcatcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words (édition 2010)

par Phil Cousineau

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Who knew that the great country of Canada is named for a mistake? How about "bedswerver," the best Elizabethan insult to hurl at a cheating boyfriend? By exploring the delightful back stories of the 250 words in Wordcatcher, readers are lured by language and entangled in etymologies. Author Phil Cousineau takes us on a tour into the obscure territory of word origins with great erudition and endearing curiosity. The English poet W. H. Auden was once asked to teach a poetry class, and when 200 students applied to study with him, he only had room for 20 of them. When asked how he chose his students, he said he picked the ones who actually loved words. So too, with this book -- it takes a special wordcatcher to create a treasure chest of remarkable words and their origins, and any word lover will relish the stories that Cousineau has discovered.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:Wordcatcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words
Auteurs:Phil Cousineau
Info:Viva Editions (2010), Edition: 1, Paperback, 202 pages
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This book is really interesting. I really enjoyed learning the origins of these words. It makes for interesting dinner party conversations too. I did skip over a few; the foreign language entries didn't really interest me. There were several words in here that I had never heard before, so I definitely learned a lot from reading this book. I have its sequel also ([b:The Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins|13584712|The Painted Word A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins|Phil Cousineau|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1398673381s/13584712.jpg|19171797]) and look forward to reading it sometime. ( )
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Who knew that the great country of Canada is named for a mistake? How about "bedswerver," the best Elizabethan insult to hurl at a cheating boyfriend? By exploring the delightful back stories of the 250 words in Wordcatcher, readers are lured by language and entangled in etymologies. Author Phil Cousineau takes us on a tour into the obscure territory of word origins with great erudition and endearing curiosity. The English poet W. H. Auden was once asked to teach a poetry class, and when 200 students applied to study with him, he only had room for 20 of them. When asked how he chose his students, he said he picked the ones who actually loved words. So too, with this book -- it takes a special wordcatcher to create a treasure chest of remarkable words and their origins, and any word lover will relish the stories that Cousineau has discovered.

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