Dog Days and Dandelions: A Lively Guide to the Animal Meanings Behind Everyday Words
Macmillan, 12 בפבר׳ 2003 - 194 עמודים
From apian (like a bee) to zodiac (little-animals circle), a word book that spots the animal origins of words and names
There are mice in your muscles, and blackbirds in your merlot. Behind adulation is a dog's wagging tail. Peculiar houses a herd of cattle. Grubby is crawling with bugs. Wordhound Martha Barnette collects more than 300 common (and a few not-so-common) words that have surprising animal roots. Tracing word origins back to ancient Greek and Latin as well as to European roots and American slang, the entries offer a guided tour through literature, science, folklore, politics, and more--with a wilderness of animal meanings at every turn.
For fledgling word sleuths as well as those who fawn over etymologies, this is a delightful smorgasbord for writers, students, and word lovers.
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Dog days and dandelions: a lively guide to the animal meanings behind everyday wordsביקורת משתמש - Not Available - Book Verdict
"Animals lurk everywhere in our language," declares Barnette, the author of two previous books for word lovers, A Garden of Words and Ladyfingers and Nun's Tummies. From origins that are immediately ... קרא סקירה מלאה
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