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Words of a Feather

An Etymological Exploration of Astonishing Word Pairs

Graeme Donald

Rooting out etymological links between words that, at first glance, appear to have nothing to do with each other, Graeme Donald unearths much more than simple definitions: an investigation of ‘Achieve’ and ‘Handkerchief’ starts with Roman gladiators and ends with the introduction of snuff; ‘Cockpit’ and ‘Cocktail’ encompass ship’s surgeons in wooden warships and horse-racing; while ‘Panties’ and ‘Pantechnicon’ takes us back to 303 CE and the martyrdom of St Pantaleon.
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  • Publisher: Metro
  • Year: 2015
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240pp
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Dimensions: 196x128mm
  • ISBN: 9781784188146
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.3kg
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