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Thereby Hangs a Tale
by Charles Earle Funk
- Release date: November 18, 1993
- ISBN: 9780062720498 (006272049X)
- Format: paperback, 320 pages
- Author: Charles Earle Funk
- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
- Genres: reference, language, trivia, history, humor
- Language: english
About The Book
From “mad as a wet hen” to “corn dodger” and “hobgoblin,” Charles Funk’s collections of curious words and expressions are a treasure trove of word origin.
In a language where hearse and rehearse have the same root and the word dunce comes from a great philosopher, English has hundreds of everyday words that originated or acquired their meanings in unusual ways. Dictionaries don’t have the space to tell us all the mysteries but now Dr. Funk, with humor and insight, tells us the strange and intriguing stories of hundreds of words and how they came to be a part of our language.
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