What's in a Word

Title: What's in a Word: Fascinating Stories of More Than 350 Everyday Words and Phrases
Author: Webb Garrison
Genre: Non-fiction, language
Source: From the publisher, Thomas Nelson, in exchange for an honest review.

Whats in a word? Webb Garrison uses this quick, easy to read book to help explain the wheres and whys of our English language. Let's face it, English is sometimes hard to understand. We have bucket loads of idioms, coloquial phrases, and words that are used even when most of us don't know where they came from or why we started using them.

I love words. I am constantly fascinated with the way our language shifts and changes. I also have a bit of fun teasing my students about not understanding the source of the things they say.  This book is a collection of words and phrases you may not know the origins of.  I did enjoy learning about most of these words, but sadly, some are out of date. The section of computers/ technology is completely obsolete...anyone under 30 has probably never heard some of these terms, let alone want to know where it came from.

This collection of words and phrases would be great, light reading for word geeks and students. It also strikes me as a good read for people who love trivia.


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