Word Perfect: Etymological Entertainment Every Day (Paperback)
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Word Perfect: Etymological Entertainment Every Day (Paperback)

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Published: 01/09/2022
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Waterstones Says

The queen of Countdown's dictionary corner presents a year's worth of etymologies, derivations and other linguistic trivia in this hugely entertaining and informative volume.

Welcome to a year of wonder with Susie Dent, lexicographer, logophile, and longtime queen of Countdown's Dictionary Corner.

From the real Jack the Lad to the theatrically literal story behind stealing someone's thunder, from tartle (forgetting someone's name at the very moment you need it) to snaccident (the unintentional eating of an entire packet of biscuits), Word Perfect is a brilliant linguistic almanac full of unforgettable stories, fascinating facts, and surprising etymologies tied to every day of the year. You'll never be lost for words again.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781529311488
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 196 x 132 x 32 mm


'I love this book. Nobody on earth knows more about the English language than Susie Dent and nobody writes about it more entertainingly. This is a treat for every day of the year' - Gyles Brandreth

'Susie Dent is a national treasure' - Richard Osman

'A golden vaulted cave of fascinating and funny hidden gems for people who love words, for people who aren't that bothered about words and people who don't even really like words...and that is the magic of Susie Dent.' - Jo Brand

'Utterly addictive . . . unputdownable' - Daily Express

'Stuffed with delightful words . . . it'll keep Scrabble fanatics and wordsmiths entertained for hours' - Radio Times

'Entertaining' - Spectator

'Packed full of fascinating facts' - Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express

'Magic' - Daily Mail 

'You can pick it up and be absorbed for hours' - The Press (York)

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Susie Dent presents fascinating insights into our lexicography. Something to educate on every page.

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