Title: Dog Days and Dandelions : A Lively Guide to the Animal Meanings Behind Everyday Words
Book Condition: New
Publisher: St Martins Pr 2003-01-01
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.