Word Nerd

Author(s): Michael Powell

on writing

The English language is full of beauty and surprises.


If you're a lover of the weird and wonderful, from fascinating etymology to the ten most overused and useless English phrases, this book isn't averse to a peppering of persiflage!


Did you know:
- pilots and air traffic controllers at major air international airports have to speak English
- the hashtag symbol is an "octothorpe"
- "bumfiddle" means to spoil a piece of paper or document
- the word "noon" originally meant 3pm; the literal meaning of "bamboozle" is to make a baboon out of someone.


This book contains a boatload of things you didn't know about the English language and it's a guaranteed prolix-free zone.

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781788402019
  • : Octopus Publishing Group
  • : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • : September 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael Powell
  • : Hardback
  • : 96