THE PAINTED WORD
A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins
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Transforms vocabulary lessons into captivating vignettes
By Phil Cousineau. From autologophagist (someone who eats their own words) to the Finnish sisu (a concept word most closely translated as guts or inner strength), this insightful reference transforms vocabulary lessons into captivating vignettes on etymology, history, lore, and pop references. Guided by word wizard Cousineau, students will delight in the text’s humor and linguistic revelations like the morbid origins of bonfire and the real meaning of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (that predates Mary Poppins) as they acquire a newfound appreciation for language. Bibliography. Viva. 407 pages. ©2012.
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