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It's a Wonderful Word: The Real Origins of Our Favourite Words [Hardcover]

Albert Jack
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3 Nov 2011

Did you know that an assassin is a hashish-eater and a yokel a country woodpecker?

That Dr Mesmer mesmerised patients back to health or that Samuel Pepys enjoyed a good game of handicap?

While we're at it, what have spondulics to do with spines or lawyers with avocados?

In It's a Wonderful Word, bestselling author Albert Jack collects over 500 of the strangest, funniest-sounding and most downright delightful words in the English language, and traces them back to their often puzzling origins. While brushing up on your gibberish or gobbledygook, discover why bastards should resent travelling salesmen, why sheets should remain on tenterhooks and why you should never set down a tumbler before finishing your drink.

From blotto to bamboozle and from claptrap to quango, Albert Jack's addictive anecdotes bring the world's most colourful language to life and are guaranteed to surprise and entertain.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books (3 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847946690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847946690
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Albert Jack is a writer and historian. His first book Red Herrings and White Elephants explored the origins of well-known idioms and phrases and became an international best-seller in 2004. It was serialized in the Sunday Times and remained on their best-seller list for sixteen straight months. He followed this up with a series of other books including Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep, Pop Goes the Weasel and What Caesar did for my Salad.

Fascinated by discovering the truth behind the world's great stories, Albert has become an expert at explaining the unexplained, enriching millions of dinner table conversations and ending bar room quarrels the world over. He is now a veteran of hundreds of live television shows and thousands of radio programs worldwide. Albert lives somewhere between Guildford in England and Cape Town in South Africa.

OTHER BOOKS BY ALBERT JACK

RED HERRINGS AND WHITE ELEPHANTS
SHAGGY DOGS AND BLACK SHEEP
PHANTOM HITCHHIKERS
LOCH NESS MONSTERS AND OTHER MYSTERIES SOLVED
POP GOES THE WEASEL
THE OLD DOG AND DUCK
WHAT CAESAR DID FOR MY SALAD
BLACK SHEEP & LAME DUCKS
IT'S A WONDERFUL WORD
MONEY FOR OLD ROPE - PART 1
MONEY FOR OLD ROPE - PART 2
THE JAM: SOUNDS FROM THE STREET
SHED DEBT & START LIVING LIFE
THE QUEEN OF HEARTS
WANT TO BE A WRITER?
LAST MAN IN LONDON

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Book Description

The stories behind the most fascinating words in the English language --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

Did you know that an assassin is a hashish-eater and a yokel a country woodpecker?

That Dr Mesmer mesmerised patients back to health or that Samuel Pepys enjoyed a good game of handicap?

While we're at it, what have spondulics to do with spines or lawyers with avocados?

In It's a Wonderful Word, bestselling author Albert Jack collects over 500 of the strangest, funniest-sounding and most downright delightful words in the English language, and traces them back to their often puzzling origins. While brushing up on your gibberish or gobbledygook, discover why bastards should resent travelling salesmen, why sheets should remain on tenterhooks and why you should never set down a tumbler before finishing your drink.

From blotto to bamboozle and from claptrap to quango, Albert Jack's addictive anecdotes bring the world's most colourful language to life and are guaranteed to surprise and entertain.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 3 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love Albert Jack - Steadily go through all his books, funny and interesting. He explains the history or words some of which you would be surprised and make good stories to tell your friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Its a Wonderful Word by Albert Jack 25 Jan 2012
By chippy
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this book just before Christmas and have been given so much to read I have not yet been able to complete it.So far very enjoyable and great fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I hoped for. 28 Feb 2014
By Kathryn
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I brought this for my partners father for his birthday and it was brilliant. I was worried it but more like a story but the index at the back of the book allows you to search for words quick and easy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read... :) 26 Aug 2013
By China Cristine Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great gee-whiz book. :) Have been thumbing through and had quite a few chuckles. :) Recommended for kids and adults.
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