Word Origins: The Romance of Language.

SKU: 15577

Illustrated. Double-columned like an encyclopedia. Focuses on word origins based on names of people or gods, although there are also some origins from things. Tantalus gave rise to tantalizing, Eros to erotic, Morse of Morse Code, and Bowdler of bowdlerizing. Also gives the source of place names and names of things such as the Elgin Marbles (named after  the Earl of Elgin). Cross disciplinary in nature, as the entries include information on history, mythology, literature, art, music, science. Look up phrases when you encounter them, or just read for pleasure. Philisophical Library, NY. 1962 reprint of the 1949 original. Hb, Dj in mylar. USED. $20.00