- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (12 Nov. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471230324
- ISBN-13: 978-0471230328
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.5 x 21.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 474,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Word a Day: A Romp Through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English (Social Science) Paperback – 12 Nov 2002
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Uncommon English words to enrich your vocabulary (India Today, 7 July 2003)
"Anu and Stuti Garg?s many readers await their A Word A Day rations hungrily. Now at last here′s a feast for them and other verbivores. Eat up!" Barbara Wallraff, senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly and authors of Word Court
"AWADies will be familiar with Anu and Stuti Garg?s refreshing approach to words: words are fun and they have fascinating histories. The people who use them have curious stories to tell too, and this collection incorporates some of the correspondence received by the editors at the AWAD site, from advice on how to outsmart your opponent in a duel (or even a truel), to a cluster of your favorite mondegreens." John Simpson, Chief Editor, Oxford English Dictionary
"A banquet of words! Feast and be nourished!" Richard Lederer, author of The Miracle of LanguageSee all Product Description
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Anu Garg writes with a lovely sense of humour as well, and brings out some wonderful quotes to give examples of how the words are generally used.
If you like words, would like to add some new ones to your vocabulary and find out the background to a few of the ones that you are already familiar with, this book is a real treat.
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Buy the book, though. The quotations alone are worth the price, and Anu deserves some return for the AWAD website that he has provided free of charge for nearly 10 years. But the book would have been a much better value if it had been twice the length, which it could easily have been, given Anu's virtuosity.
The English language is constantly evolving. Those who lived in the Middle Ages would be bewildered by the common tongue of today. Our democratic culture guarantees that English will never ossify and be under the control of an elite oligarchy. We will keep on adding more words and reinterpreting some in new ways previously thought not acceptable. Thus, Anu Garg will never be able to rest knowing that his task is finished. He has a job for life. The author thankfully possesses more than sufficient talent to handle these responsibilities. Almost certainly Garg's delightful wife Stuti and their wonderful five year old daughter Ananya will continue to offer their assistance. This is a fantastic book that should definitely grace your personal bookshelf. Moreover, it also makes a splendid gift for just about any occasion.
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