Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do With Pigs

Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do With Pigs

And Other Fascinating Facts About the Language From Canada's Word Lady

Book - 2006
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Publisher: Toronto : Oxford University Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780195424409
0195424409
Branch Call Number: 422 BAR
Characteristics: xvi, 224 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.

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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

Do you love language? Written by the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, this book is full of amusing stories of the histories of words in English, including many particular to Canadian English. Barber's conversational style belies her thorough research. You don't have to read this book in one sitting; it's great to dip in and out of.

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KarenW
Jun 05, 2006

What a concept! Word lovers will be overjoyed to discover this fantastic little book on everything they wanted to know about words season by season. And a jumble of facts and folklore that will tempt you to interrupt conversations with pithy little bits of miscellanea that will have everyone riveted at the next get together. And just what are those six words? Well, they are as follows: porcelain, screw, soil, porpoise, root, and swain. But you will have to read the book to find out how these are related to pigs!

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