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Dog Days and Dandelions : A Lively Guide to the Animal Meanings Behind Everyday Words, MARTHA BARNETTE

Author:    MARTHA BARNETTE

Title:   Dog Days and Dandelions : A Lively Guide to the Animal Meanings Behind Everyday Words

Binding:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    St Martins Pr 2003-01-01

ISBN Number:    0312280726 / 9780312280727

Seller ID:   20071004125000

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.

Price = 22.95 USD



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