[Free Reading] The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two Author Anu Garg – Vansonphu.com

The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two From The Creator Of The Popular A.Word.A.Day E Mail Newsletter A Collection Of Some Of The Most Interesting Stories And Fascinating Origins Behind Than 300 Words, Names, And Terms By The Founder Of WordSmith.org Did You Know There S A Word For The Pleasant Smell That Accompanies The First Rain After A Dry Spell Petrichor, Combining Petros Greek For Stone And Ichor The Fluid That Flows In The Veins Of Greek Gods An Illeist Is One Who Refers To Oneself In The Third Person There S A Word For Feigning Lack Of Interest In Something While Actually Desiring It Accismus For Any Aspiring Deipnosophist A Good Conversationalist At Meals Or Devoted Philomath A Lover Of Learning , This Anthology Of Entertaining Etymology Is An Ideal Way To Have Fun While Getting Smarter.

10 thoughts on “The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two

  1. Kirsti Kirsti says:

    Fun book about unusual words What do Miss Manners, Elmo, and baseball player Rickey Henderson have in common They are illeists people who refer to themselves in the third person Henderson left this message on his manager s voicemail Kevin, this is Rickey, calling on behalf of Rickey In contrast, using the royal we or the editorial we is nosism.An incompetent crit

  2. Amy Amy says:

    Quick nerdy, just like I like em I could have read another whole book s worth of Garg s tidbits on Sanskrit roots That stuff thrills my dork centers.

  3. Kat Kat says:

    An entertaining little book about the origin and family tree of various words or phrases Some of them I was familiar with while others were completely unknown to me However, the book does show it s age a bit by A some of the words it chooses to explore I have ne...

  4. Lisa Houlihan Lisa Houlihan says:

    This amusing little book groups its word histories into themes eponyms, toponyms, charactonyms with a whole chapter just for Dickens , words about food, words deliberately coined This is a better method than alphabetical or by conversational happenstance.Garg s origin of hazard derives from an Arabic word for die, singular of dice sounds plausible of glamor, salary, travel and

  5. Dinah Dinah says:

    I am normally all about dictionaries of obscure words Sometimes I think it s best to skip the poetry or prose altogether and sink teeth right into the juicy stuff the stories of words, before we start meddling by crafting our own stories with them Or perhaps it s that the best writing reveals all the facets and history of words we normally forget, and does so in an emotion...

  6. Anna Anna says:

    I m a self confessed word nerd, and I often check the dictionary for where a word came from when it intrigues me This book takes you on a journey with many words and their origins Each word and chapter is in short pieces, so this will make a perfect toilet read, travel read, or a read when you have a short attention span or are between books.Words are sure interesting.Many of the words t

  7. Erikka Erikka says:

    This book would have been better if it weren t for a few annoying things First, the author kept making stupid jokes that weren t funny maybe if I was in conversation with him I d laugh, but his humor didn t translate to text Second, the book was frenetic in its structure there d be some etymology, then all of a sudden a list of terms, then a random aside, then back to etymology It was really

  8. Julia Julia says:

    Want to know what the word easel and a Dutch donkey have in common Or what to call the sweet smell after the first spring rain Or why if you tell a Frenchman you re blessed, he ll probably run for some gauze Then this is the book for you, my word nerd friends Written by the creator of the A.Word.A.Day e newsletter , this gleeful guide to all things etymological explores the hidden lives and strang

  9. Jennifer (JC-S) Jennifer (JC-S) says:

    The Word a Day eMail and newsletter are welcome deliveries into my inbox The two previous Word a Day books are already on my bookshelf, and when I heard about this one, I had to have it as well.This book is a delightful collection of some of the lives and origins of words Why, I wonder, is the word prepone in everyday use in India, but not elsewhere Most of us have had meetings either preponed or postp

  10. Matt Evans Matt Evans says:

    Brynn and Craig gave me this book for my birthday Props, peeps You ve really got to hand it to old Anu Garg a non English speaker he s from India , he s authored three best selling, English, books on the English language Anyone who s ever learned a new language and enjoyed learning it can identify with Anu s enthusiasm and joy in re all aspects of English, his new language This latest book, Dord, Diglot, an

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