Word Origins: The Romance of Language

 
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from the flyleaf --"Here are presented pen pictures of the people whose names have passed into language: Hobson of "Hobson's Choice"; Tantalus of tantalizing; Eros of erotic; Mrs Bloomer; Downing of Downing Street; the Ben of Big Ben; Spooner of Spoonerisms; Morse of the Mores code; ... The centuries are covered from classical mythology to contemporary word-makers in a most comprehensive, absorbing and instructive book. ... "

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