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Such a modest little book, but ignore the self effacing title - this is a real corker, jammed full of insights into our language. Always thought provoking, informative and entertaining, the book joyfully skips between the erudite and the everyday. The section on "muffin top" had me weeping fat tears of laughter on a crowded commuter train, while the chapter on madness provides a thought provoking exploration of the knots we tie ourselves into when discussing the issue and details the surprising clinical origins of terms like idiot and moron.
Unlike other books that claim to explore word histories, Balderdash & Piffle - One Sandwich Short of a Dog's Dinner is thoroughly… Read more