This specific ISBN edition is currently not available.View all copies of this ISBN edition:
This book is awesome awful!
Did you know that "awful" first originated as a compliment? How about the fact that it was perfectly fine for someone to defecate in their living room? Or that at one time a bully was actually a sweetheart?
You may think that these things sound outlandish, but hundreds of years ago, the words "awful," "defecate," and "bully" meant something entirely different than what we know today. The Unexpected Evolution of Language reveals the origins of 208 everyday terms and the interesting stories behind their shift in meaning.
Arranged in alphabetical order, you will enjoy uncovering the backstories to terms like:
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Justin Cord Hayes, coauthor of The Big Book of Words You Should Know and Roget's Thesaurus of Words for Intellectuals, is an experienced journalist and teacher. He lives in North Carolina.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Adams Media, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1440542783
Book Description Adams Media Corporation, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand new. Prompt despatch. Orders despatched on the same or next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0000034752
Book Description Adams Media, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111440542783