Around the World in 80 Words : a Journey through the English Language.

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Author / Creator:Jones, Paul Anthony, 1983-
Imprint:Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2020.
Description:1 online resource (286 pages)
Language:English
Subject:English language -- Etymology.
Names, Geographical.
HISTORY / General.
English language -- Etymology.
Names, Geographical.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/12284278
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ISBN:022668282X
9780226682822
Notes:79. Coventry, UK: send to Coventry
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Summary:"In Around the World in 80 Words, Jones tells the story of eighty English-language words that are specially related to a place. He tells us, for example, where the name for the Canary Islands came from, the relationship between the town of Jáchymov in the Czech Republic and the word "dollar," and he dispels the myth that the term "limerick" comes from the last name of Edward Lear. Throughout this engaging journey, the reader gains valuable insights into culture and history through the intersection of language and place"--
Other form:Print version: Jones, Paul Anthony. Around the World in 80 Words : A Journey through the English Language. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2020 9780226682792
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Summary:What makes a place so memorable that it survives forever in a word? In this captivating round-the-world tour, Paul Anthony Jones acts as your guide through the intriguing stories of how eighty places became immortalized in the English language. You'll discover why the origins of turkeys, limericks, Brazil nuts, and Panama hats aren't quite as straightforward as you might presume. If you've never heard of the tiny Czech mining town of Jáchymov--or Joachimsthal, as it was known until the late 1800s--you're not alone, which makes its claim to fame as the origin of the word "dollar" all the more extraordinary. The story of how the Great Dane isn't all that Danish makes the list, as does the Jordanian mountain whose name has become a byword for a tantalizing glimpse. We'll also find out what the Philippines has given to your office inbox, what Alaska has given to your liquor cabinet, and how a speech given by a bumbling North Carolinian gave us a word for impenetrable nonsense.<br> <br> Surprising, entertaining, and illuminating, this is essential reading for armchair travelers and word nerds. Our dictionaries are full of hidden histories, tales, and adventures from all over the world--if you know where to look.<br>
Item Description:79. Coventry, UK: send to Coventry
Physical Description:1 online resource (286 pages)
ISBN:022668282X
9780226682822