Sunday, September 9, 2018

Review of "Picturesque Word Origins From Webster’s New International Dictionary"

Review of
Picturesque Word Origins From Webster’s New International Dictionary

Five out of five stars
 Nearly everyone enjoys learning about the origins of words, it is generally a process of one or more words being combined over time or a single word morphing as it is used across cultures. This book describes how many words, some common and others less so, were created/adapted/modified from pre-existing words.
 It is also puzzling on occasion how a word can start out meaning one thing and then over time be transformed into meaning something largely different. In most cases, the modern meaning is at least partially related to the original usage.
 This is a fun book to read, nothing is very heavy or profound and most of the words are commonly used.  Making it a literary book that all readers can understand.

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