An Odyssey Into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words

Book - 2010
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The English poet W.H. Auden was once asked to teach a poetry class. 200 students applied, but he only had space for 20. When asked how he chose his students, he said he picked only those who truly loved words. Wordcatcher is a book for just such people: people who are fascinated by words, their origins, history and meaning. Who would ever have thought the country of Canada was named after a mistake? Or that all the adventures of Ancient Greek sailors rest on the word 'nostalgia'? Cousineau's delightful and fascinating book is the perfect gift for anyone with a love of words.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Viva Editions ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781573444002
Branch Call Number: 422.03/COUSINEAU
Characteristics: xxi, 305 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Chadwick, Greg
Alternative Title: Word catcher


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leah_p Mar 11, 2016

This collection of the author’s favourite words that have been discovered and ‘caught’ throughout has interesting etymological anecdotes for each entry. It’s not an exhaustive collection but is great for casual perusal and picking out an odd or obscure bit of trivia; additionally, if you’re so inclined – i.e. if you’re “that friend” – you may enjoy selecting a word-of-the-day to place carefully (or use recklessly) in communication to anyone and everyone :)


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