What in the Word?

What in the Word?

Wordplay, Word Lore, and Answers to the Peskiest Questions About Language

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Are you so sure about "assure," "ensure," and "insure" ? Can you determine whether a knob of butter is equivalent to a lump or a pat or a scosh? Can you say which word in the English language has the most definitions, or who put the H in Jesus H. Christ?

If you can't, be assured that Charles Harrington Elster, author of several well-loved works on language, can-and does in his latest book, a delightfully designed compendium of the most common, interesting, and entertaining conundrums in our language. Drawing upon esoteric sources and his own inimitable expertise, Elster uses a lively question-and-answer format to cover a variety of topics-word and phrase origins, slang, style, usage, punctuation, and pronunciation. Every chapter features original brainteasers, challenging puzzles, and a trove of literary trivia.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, Inc., c2005.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780156031974
0156031973
Branch Call Number: 422 ELSTER C
Characteristics: xvi, 286 pages ; 21 cm.

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