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This book is by THE FUNK of Funk and Wagnall's! If you want to bring in the noise AND the funk, you should check this book out because it has the etymology of over 1,000 English words. Though mainly a reference book you could probably sit and read it cover to cover if you have a curiosity about words and word origins. My only criticism would be that sometimes the author will go on for a paragraph or two about a story behind a word only to reveal that it comes from some other word "of unknown ori...
Among other interesting things, I found out why Fenrir the werewolf in Harry Potter is named such. It's the name of a wolf monster in Norse mythology. Why such random trivia fascinates me, I do not know, but now I do know that trivia comes from "tri via", 3 roads.
I read it and found it both informative and painful. I have an earlier version, so possibly his later version has better edits. My main issue is the writing itself. Funk, while possibly a knowledgeable guy is a subpar story teller. I found myself desperately wanting to grab him by the sides of the arms and scream.... get to the point! Possibly the most boring paragraph ever written for the etymology of 1000 words. His ability to add the irrelevant to stretch out descriptions of the relevant is m...
Fun book! I'm fascinated by history and words and histories of words, so this is my cup of tea. Not the sort of thing I'd read with a cup of tea, though. Rather more suited to inspiring a writer or passing moments in the toilet. Useful in either case....
It was good, informative I guess, but ought you should be knowing enough understand some of texts written in the book. :)
That I can't be alone in liking this stuff-here's a whole book about it!
Curious is an understatement. What about delightful? Great book.
It's a bit like reading a dictionary, but I enjoyed reading a couple pages at a time for a daily dose of interesting, concise history on word origins.