Garg, logophilic founder of wordsmith.org and the 600,000-subscriber A.Word.A.Day email newsletter, jam-packs his latest good-natured, reader-friendly book (after Another Word A Day) with terms exotic and domestic, lessons in etymology and surprising tricks of the linguist trade, such as the fact that as a copyright trap
encyclopedia publishers are known to add a fictitious biography or two to their works. Divided into several short chapters, each with a unique focus, Garg covers topics like the language mint successes (Grok, Scofflaw, Teetotal), words that come from fictional character names (Prufrockian, Throttlebottom, Zelig), food-speak (Epicurean, Julienne, Postprandial) and units of measurement (Dol, Millihelen, Miners Inch). Lexperts, as Garg calls them, will enjoy testing themselves with 77 trivial pursuit-style questions, though readers may bemoan the lack of a comprehensive index. Otherwise, Gargs latest little gem will be enjoyed by anyone with a thing for words, language and history. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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