Strange to Say: Etymology as Serious Entertainment (Paperback)

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In this short and witty account of origins of many English words, Deborah Warren educates as she entertains--and entertain she does, leading her readers through the amazing labyrinth of the intricacies of related English words. "Language," she writes, "is all about mutation."

A former Latin teacher, a gifted poet, and a writer of such playfulness, Deborah Warren will become your friend as well as guide as you join her on her travels through the origins of words like liquor, flowers, laughter, clothes, the devil, magic, death, and onward. Strange to Say is a cornucopia of joyful learning and laughter.

About the Author

Deborah Warren is the author of four books of poetry--Connoisseurs of Worms, The Size of Happiness, Zero Meridian, winner of the New Criterion Poetry Prize, and Dream With Flowers and Bowl of Fruit, winner of the Richard Wilbur Award--and a translation of Ausonius: The Moselle and Other Poems. Warren's writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry, and other publications, and she has won the Robert Penn Warren Prize, Howard Nemerov Award, Robert Frost Award, and Meringoff Award for her work. She lives in Massachusetts.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781589881570
ISBN-10: 1589881575
Publisher: Paul Dry Books
Publication Date: August 17th, 2021
Pages: 200
Language: English