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What in the Word?
What in the Word?
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About the Book

Are you so sure about "assure," "ensure," and "insure"? Can you determine whether a knob of butter is equivalent to a lump or a pat or a scosh? Can you say which word in the English language has the most definitions, or who put the H in Jesus H. Christ?

If you can't, be assured that Charles Harrington Elster, author of several well-loved works on language, can--and does in his latest book, a delightfully designed compendium of the most common, interesting, and entertaining conundrums in our language. Drawing upon esoteric sources and his own inimitable expertise, Elster uses a lively question-and-answer format to cover a variety of topics--word and phrase origins, slang, style, usage, punctuation, and pronunciation. Every chapter features original brainteasers, challenging puzzles, and a trove of literary trivia.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780156031974
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Publisher Imprint: Mariner Books
  • Depth: 19
  • Height: 203 mm
  • No of Pages: 304
  • Series Title: Harvest Original
  • Sub Title: Wordplay, Word Lore, And Answers to the Peskiest Questions About Language
  • Width: 136 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0156031973
  • Publisher Date: 01 Nov 2005
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: Reprint
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 18 mm
  • Weight: 304 gr


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