One of the best writiers of short essays in English.--Newsweek
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Well known as a writer about science ( The Lives of a Cell, 1974; The Medusa and the Snail, LJ 4/15/79), Thomas has applied his probing mind to etymology, here tracing English words back to their Indo-European, Greek, Sanskrit, Anglo-Saxon, Latin, or Romance language variants in both form and meaning. Although Thomas surely enjoyed the hunt, the reader is presented with a hodgepodge of words not easily remembered in chapters entitled "Sew, Bear, Brother, Dew etc.," "Fastidious, Answer, Grammar etc.," and "Scrutiny, Frenetic, Bother, Stop etc." This thin volume is not thorough enough to be an etymological reference and not interesting enough to be entertaining for word fanciers.
- Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
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In these short, investigative essays, Thomas explores words' origins and historical transformations, remarks on words he considers particularly likable or deplorable, and muses on the probable development of a universal language. According to PW , "Thomas's gentle ruminations will be enjoyed by those who share his etymological enchantment."
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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