Amazing Words: An Alphabetical Anthology of Alluring, Astonishing, Beguiling, Bewitching, Enchanting, Enthralling, Mesmerizing, Miraculous, Tantalizing, Tempting, and Transfixing Words

By Richard Lederer

With interesting etymologies and letter styles of greater than four hundred daily phrases, bestselling language author Richard Lederer bargains insights into the main bedazzling, beguiling, and bewitching phrases within the English language. Readers will become aware of why William Shakespeare can be hiding within the previous testomony; why "run" is the longest observe in English; how people's names develop into universal phrases; and the way the Bible, mythology, the ocean, the land, express enterprise, and video games spark phrases and words in daily vocabulary. Chock-full of transfixing note histories, magical letter play, and hilarious puns, Amazing Words is a vital booklet for wordaholics, logolepts, and verbivores.

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Even if the limerick is termed for a county in eire, it was once no longer created there. One thought says that Irish mercenaries used to compose verses in limerick shape approximately one another after which take part the refrain of “When we come back to Limerick city, ’twill be a wonderful morning. ” it's been anticipated that at the very least 1000000 limericks—good, mediocre, and indelicate—are in life at the present time. one of the aristocracy of the style, the main frequently quoted limericks of all time, is that this production via Dixon Lanier Merritt, who used to be often called the dean of Tennessee newspapermen: a superb chicken is the pelican His invoice will carry greater than his belican. He can absorb his beak sufficient nutrition for every week, yet I’m damned if I see how the helican. both shrewdpermanent is that this avian limerick, by means of George S. Vaill, in regards to the inglorious bustard: The bustard’s a phenomenal bird With minimum cause to howl: He escapes what will be Illegitimacy by means of the grace of a lucky vowel. while the limericist experiments with weird and wonderful rhymes and outlandish visuals, the result's a gimerick (gimmick + limerick), as during this interdisciplinary masterpiece: Here’s the metrical translation of the equation, which does certainly unravel into eighty one = eighty one: A dozen, a gross, and a rating Plus 3 times the sq. root of 4, Divided by means of seven Plus 5 instances 11, Is 9 squared, and never a section extra. (See BIKINI, HAMBURGER, LACONIC. ) Liverpudlian. Language maven Paul Dickson has coined the observe demonym, actually “people name,” to spot humans from specific areas. we all know that individuals from Philadelphia are Philadelphians and folks from ny New Yorkers. yet what does one name humans from Indiana, Connecticut, and Michigan within the usa; Liverpool, Exeter, Oxford, and Cambridge in England; and, in different nations, Florence and Naples, Italy; Hamburg, Germany, and Moscow, Russia? The solutions are Hoosiers, Nutmeggers, and Michiganians (the reliable identify) or Michiganders; Liverpudlians, Exonians, Oxonians, and Cantabridgians; and Florentines, Neopolitans, Hamburgers, and Muscovites. Llama, from Spanish, is the single universal English observe that starts with a double consonant: A one-L lama lives to hope. A two-L llama pulls a dray. A three-L ama’s type of dire. A four-L ama’s one vast fireplace! if you happen to went to the mega shopping mall to buy a definite South American ruminant, you are going to then personal a mall llama, making a palindromic string of 4 consecutive l’s. (See CHTHONIC, LLANFAIRPWLLGWYNGYLLGOGERYCHWYRNDDROBWLLLLANTYSILOGOGOCH. ) Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrnddrobwllllantysilogogoch is the Welsh identify of a village railway station in Alglesey, Gwynedd, Wales, brought up within the Guiness ebook of global files. Translated, the identify potential “Saint Mary’s Church in a hole of white hazel, with regards to a whirlpool and Saint Ryslio’s Church and close to a pink cave. ” as well as being one of many longest of place-names, the fifty-six-letter cluster includes yet one e. Hidden within the chain are 4 consecutive l’s, a five-letter palindrome—ogogo—and a seventeen-letter stretch with no significant vowel—rpwllgwyngyngyllg.

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