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The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two: The Hidden Lives and Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words von [Garg, Anu]
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Garg, logophilic founder of and the 600,000-subscriber A.Word.A.Day email newsletter, jam-packs his latest good-natured, reader-friendly book (after Another Word A Day) with terms exotic and domestic, lessons in etymology and surprising tricks of the linguist trade, such as the fact that "as a copyright trap... encyclopedia publishers are known to add a fictitious biography or two to their works." Divided into several short chapters, each with a unique focus, Garg covers topics like the "language mint" successes ("Grok," "Scofflaw," "Teetotal"), words that come from fictional character names ("Prufrockian," "Throttlebottom," "Zelig"), food-speak ("Epicurean," "Julienne," "Postprandial") and units of measurement ("Dol," "Millihelen," "Miner's Inch"). "Lexperts," as Garg calls them, will enjoy testing themselves with 77 trivial pursuit-style questions, though readers may bemoan the lack of a comprehensive index. Otherwise, Garg's latest little gem will be enjoyed by anyone with a thing for words, language and history.
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From the creator of the popular A.Word.A.Day e-mail newsletter 

A collection of some of the most interesting stories and fascinating origins behind more than 300 words, names, and terms by the founder of 

Did you know:
There’s a word for the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell? Petrichor, combining petros (Greek for stone) and ichor (the fluid that flows in the veins of Greek gods). 

An illeist is one who refers to oneself in the third person. 

There’s a word for feigning lack of interest in something while actually desiring it: accismus

For any aspiring deipnosophist (a good conversationalist at meals) or devoted Philomath (a lover of learning), this anthology of entertaining etymology is an ideal way to have fun while getting smarter.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 641 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 196 Seiten
  • Verlag: Plume (30. Oktober 2007)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000XPRS5M
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Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT am 30. Januar 2008
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Most people rarely learn a new word after they pass their last vocabulary test in school. That's a shame. Words and their origins can be the source of a lot of fun. Anu Garg makes that point obvious in The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two by providing clever word puzzles and word histories filled with fascinating details, humor, and irony. If you can't get enough after you read the book, subscribe to Garg's online weekly newsletter.

Let me give you two samples of the book:

1. "Orthographically speaking, what do the two countries Afghanistan and Tuvalu have in common?" (Hint: Look closely.)

2. "Dord: The word density had a short-lived synonym: dord . . . While the second edition of Webster's New International Dictionary was under way, an editor received an entry 'D or d,' which was defined as density, where the uppercase D and the lowercase d were abbreviations for the word density. The editor conflated the letters as dord and a new word was born."

The material is organized around themes into chapters with the quiz questions inserted to keep you awake. Entries are short so this is a good book to read when you just have a few minutes to spare. I read it while waiting for my car to be aligned, and the car guys were wondering what was so funny.

An on-going theme is the mobility of language as meanings grow, shift, and sometimes even become their polar opposites. I was particularly intrigued by the many mechanisms by which the real world turns into fiction and words and fiction creates new words with precise story-defined meanings.

Anu Garg has a sense of humor and a love of words that's contagious.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Pleasant Perusal. 10. September 2016
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Man, this is a useful book -- aside from its informative value. It can be read from beginning to end, like any other book, but it's such light far that one can pick it up and dive into it. If the author read that last bit, he'd no doubt wonder how you can dive into something you've just picked up. I've done both, read it from cover to cover and browsed through it during commercials and lengthy boot ups. Some of the words are so outré that they're either out of date or meaningless to most of us. Yet it's informative. For every screwy word, we get a brief history and sometimes a gently amusing comment. At the bottom of the page, there's likely to be a little challenging question. I don't want to bother looking them up now but I remember one: What number, when spelled out, uses the same number of letters as the number being referred to? (I figured that out in a flash -- about five minutes.) Try it you'll like it. I'm giving it four stars only because nothing is perfect.
5.0 von 5 Sternen they are wonderful! 14. Juni 2017
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Any word or language maven MUST have Anu Gargs books...they are wonderful!
4.0 von 5 Sternen The Dord, he Dinglot, and an Avocado or Two 7. Dezember 2012
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This book can be described as an equivalent to the word a day calendar, but BETTER. It teaches unique words as well as where they came from. You will learn words that you did not even know existed, and the story behind them will make you remember them for a lifetime. I think everyone could use to read this book to expand their vocabulary. Therefore, I highly suggest this book because it will make you broaden your vocabulary in a fun and new way.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A very interesting compendium on language. 20. Mai 2014
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Anu Gargs "A word-a-day" should be mandatory reading for everyone who uses the English language. It is a great resource on words and their origins.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It means what? 31. Juli 2014
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Reviews on word books will be redundant. I enjoy words. Their beginnings, changes in definitions, spelling, etc.
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