Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do with Pigs: And Other Fascinating Facts about the English Language

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Did you know that the word "travel" is derived from an instrument of torture? That "tragedy" originally was something to do with goats? That "grammar" and "glamour" started out as one and the same word? These and many other fascinating and surprising tidbits about the history of words are revealed in this delightful volume from Canada's "Word Lady" Katherine Barber, Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

In the lively, witty, and entertaining style that has won her so many fans in Canada and throughout the world, Katherine distills rich information from the immense Oxford English Dictionary to recreate the entertaining histories of hundreds of the most common (and interesting) words in our language.

The collection is thematically arranged by season, so you can frolic through the many words from the barnyard, the garden, and the cottage in the Spring; feast on Summer's fruits and all of the colourful stories to be found there; gear up for back-to-school by learning the truth behind algebra, grammar, and dunces; and discover the real reason that Christmas shopping is always such a feverish pursuit. Along the way, you'll follow words back through Old English, medieval French, Anglo-Saxon, ancient Greek, Arabic, as well as the languages of China, the Indian subcontinent, and Canada's Aboriginal peoples.

With its accessible, conversational style and captivating content, Katherine Barber's Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to do with Pigs is a book you'll want to dip into time and again - that is, if you can ever put it down.

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Six Words You Never Knew Had Something To Do With Pigs is that rare book that is both entertaining and illuminatingyou could gobble it all down at one sitting ( The Vancouver Sun)

Six Words You Never Knew Had Something To Do With Pigs is an elegant little publication that will likely find a place of prominence o regularly used bookshelves in many Canadian homes and cottages. ( The Chronicle Herald, Halifax)

About the Author:

Katherine Barber has been head of Oxford University Press's Canadian Dictionary Department since 1991 and is Editor-in-Chief of both editions of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. In 1999, she won the Canadian Booksellers Association's Libris Award for Editor of the Year.

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