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Thereby Hangs a Tale: Hundreds of Stories of Curious Word Origins
Thereby Hangs a Tale Hundreds of Stories of Curious Word Origins Author:Charles Earle Funk Warner Paperback (c) 1950 — Publication November 1972 — What events in history created words like horde, interloper, magenta? — Which sports originated words like handicap, jeopardy, hazard, debut? — Who were the gods, myths and legends that inspired words like Easter, January, gorgon, narcotic, hector? — Can you name the customs that developed words... more » like dicker, salver, curfew, hearse?
Charles Earle Funk tells all about the fascinating histories of these words - and almost a thousand more - in this remarkably entertaining volume of word lore and lure. "The result is a volume of just the kind of odds-and-ends information that suits many tastes for pickup reading." - San Francisco Chronicle« less