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Thereby Hangs a Tale : Stories of Curious Word Origins
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.  Read more...


 
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More About Thereby Hangs a Tale by Charles Earle Funk
 
 
 
Overview

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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  • ISBN-13: 9780060513382
  • ISBN-10: 0060513381
  • Publisher: HarperResource
  • Publish Date: October 2002
  • Page Count: 320


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Books > Language Arts & Disciplines > Linguistics - Etymology
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