The Secret Lives of Words

The Secret Lives of Words

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This fascinating new study reveals the amazing and bizarre histories of language's building blocks and chronicles the etymologies of dozens of common words whose original meaning has been obscured through the passage of time.CATHARSIS When I was a student, this word, touted by Aristotle, who knew everything but nothing else, puzzled me ... cedilla, diminutive of ceda, the Spanish zee, from late Latin zeta so named because a small z was once used to make aanbsp;...

Title:The Secret Lives of Words
Author:Paul West
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin - 2000


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