Word Perfect: Etymological Entertainment For Every Day of the Year

by Susie Dent

£14.99

Language; Humour

Hardback

9781529311518

Published by John Murray Press

Published October 2020

Books > Humour > Language

Welcome to a year of wonder through the English language with Susie Dent, lexicographer extraordinaire and queen of Countdown’s Dictionary Corner.

From ‘Turning a Blind Eye’ (Nelson putting the telescope to his missing eye to ignore the order to stop fighting) to why ‘May Day’ became a distress call; from ‘stealing someone’s thunder’ to the real Jack the Lad, from ‘tartle’ (forgetting someone’s name) to ‘snaccident’ (unintentionally eating a whole packet of biscuits).

Word Perfect is her brilliant linguistic almanac full of unforgettable true stories tied to every day of the year. You’ll never be lost for words again.

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