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 The Accidental Dictionary
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The Accidental Dictionary

The remarkable twists and turns of 100 threads in English, brimming with hidden histories and the extraordinary stories: origins are stranger than you might think. Any word might be knocked and buffeted, subjected to twists and turns, expansions and contractions, happy and unhappy accidents. There are intriguing tales behind even the most familiar terms, and they can say as much about the present as they do the past. ‘Buxom’ used to mean ‘obedient’; a ‘cloud’ was a ‘rock’; ‘busking’ originally meant ‘piracy’, ‘grin’ meant to ‘snarl’ and a ‘cupboard’ was a ‘table’. A weird and wonderful journey into words.

Hardback, 243 pages.
8” x 5 ¼”.
£12.99
Code: 20615

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