Saturday, May 30, 2009

Deweying it by the numbers: 400s

This months "Deweying it by the numbers" hardly needs an introduction. The 400s are for language so most of the 400s are made up of dictionaries, thesauri, and other sorts of serious academic books. But there are so many that are fun and entertaining. So in honor of these fun books about words, I will now present them (almost) wordlessly:

Ballyhoo, Buckeroo, and Spuds : ingenious tales of words and their origins Made in America : an informal history of the English language in the United States The Professor and the Madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary The Secret Lives of Words Who Put the Butter in Butterfly? The World in So Many Words : a country-by-country tour of words that have shaped our language

I can't help but also mention I Love It When You Talk Retro : hoochie coochie, double whammy, drop a dime, and the forgotten origins of American speech or Mortal Syntax : 101 language choices that will get you clobbered by the grammar snobs-- even if you're right or... well I did say almost wordlessly.

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