Top positive review
Interesting read, properly researched
on 29 May 2013
Another interesting book from Michael Quinion on word & phrase origins.
The difference to many other books on the subject is that you know the entries are properly researched.
Seek out Michael Quinion's other books, and visit his website <www.worldwidewords.org> where you can find a search function if there are any etymologies you'd like to check.
I'd also recommend subscribing to his weekly newsletter, which you can do via the website.
The 2-star review here 'Non-answers to questions' completely misses the point. My reply to that review was:
I don't buy linguistic works to plough through..." ... bunkum, hearsay and under-researched 'facts & trivia' that appear to be copied from e-mail chains. I want to read books on word and phrase history that provide investigations and give full explanations.
It doesn't matter if we are yet to find the true etymology of a word or phrase; I'm more than pleased to see claptrap from other books disproved.