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Thereby Hangs a Tale; stories of curious word origins (edition 1972)

by Charles Earle Funk

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The Greek root of school means leisure. A language where hearse and rehearse have the same root and the word dunce comes from a great philosopher, English has hundreds of every day words that originated or acquired their meaning 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.… (more)
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Title:Thereby Hangs a Tale; stories of curious word origins
Authors:Charles Earle Funk
Info:New York: Warner Paperback Library, 1972, c1950
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Curious is an understatement. What about delightful? Great book. ( )
  Steven_Burgauer | Dec 7, 2016 |
Quite interesting and informative.
  drjwsimmons | Jan 22, 2016 |
Book Description: Harper & Row New York (1985). Soft cover Near Fine,
  Czrbr | Jun 7, 2010 |
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To B.M.F. who patiently and often has listened to many of these tales, this book is lovingly dedicated.
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The Greek root of school means leisure. A language where hearse and rehearse have the same root and the word dunce comes from a great philosopher, English has hundreds of every day words that originated or acquired their meaning 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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