Devious derivations

popular misconceptions--and more than 1, 000 true origins of common words and phrases

By Rawson, Hugh

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ISBN
978-0-51758-066-0
Publisher
New York : Crown Publishers, 1994.


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Reviewed on November 1, 1993

If William Safire and David Letterman ever collaborate on a book about words, this could be their model. Beginning with adulteress (erroneously attributed to an au pair who called grown men "adults'' and grown women "adulteresses'') and ending with zip (which has apparently always meant absolutely nothing), Rawson ( Wicked Wo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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