Journals Higher Education

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06 November 2008

240 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches

ISBN: 9780195375572


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Word Myths

Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends

David Wilton

Do you believe that Ring Around the Rosie refers to the Black Death? Or that Eskimos have 50 (or 500) words for "snow"? Or that "Posh" is an acronym for "Port Out, Starboard Home"? If so, you badly need this book. In Word Myths, David Wilton debunks some of the most spectacularly wrong word histories in common usage, giving us the real stories behind many linguistic urban legends.

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