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Published: 02 December 2004

240 Pages | 8 cartoons

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195172843

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Word Myths

Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends

David Wilton
Illustrated by Ivan Brunetti

David Wilton debunks the most persistently wrong word histories, and gives, to the best of our actual knowledge, the real stories behind these perennially mis-etymologized words. In addition, he explains why these wrong stories are created, disseminated, and persist, even after being corrected time and time again. What makes us cling to these stories, when the truth behind these words and phrases is available, for the most part, at any library or on the Internet?