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By Mark Morton
Attention all word-gluttons and phrase-gourmands! Mark Morton's dictionary provides a multi-course feast for all lovers of word-histories. Although its main focus is food and cooking terms, "Cupboard Love" digresses into related topics whenever a tasty morsel is to be found there.Thus, while units of volume may not be immediately relevant to food, the entry for "liter" reveals that its ultimate source is the name of a coin in ancient Sicily! (Read the rest of our review from a recent mailing list newsletter.)
By Michael Sheehan
This book represents a selection of
pieces from the radio show "Words to the Wise" which airs weekly on WTCM
in Traverse City, Michigan. Listeners pose word queries to Sheehan, who
answers them on air with authority and wit. We have to say that "Words
to the Wise" is a great choice for the title. If only we'd thought
of something that catchy... but wait, we did. [However, Sheehan and
TOWFI came up with the title independently, rather like Newton and
Liebniz both inventing calculus.] (Read the
rest of our review from a recent mailing list newsletter.)
There's another word game making its debut on the market, and this one is head and shoulders (board and pieces?) above the rest. It's called WildWords. We played it with another couple last weekend (Mike won, of course) and we all had a rollicking good time. (Read the rest of our review from a recent newsletter.) Click on the image above to purchase this game directly from its creator and he will make a donation to TOWFI!
You Thought You Knew...
Yes, we've received a new book for review. It is Words You Thought You Knew...1001 Commonly Misused and Misunderstood Words and Phrases by Jenna Glatzer. A woman after our own hearts! She even includes a quiz at the end! (Read the rest of our review from a recent newsletter.)
Believe it or not, there is another book out about the history of love and sex words. This time it is from our oft-quoted favorite
Lawrence Paros, whose web site A Word With You
and Wonderful Words
We must admit that we might not have seen this book had not Martha Barnette (author of some of our favorite etymological books; one of them is "Dog Days and Dandelions", below) alerted us to it. First, of course, she thought it was a great book. (Read the rest of our review from a recent newsletter.)
Dog Days and Dandelions
Here at Towfi Towers we receive quite a few books on word origins, more than a few of which have been known to provoke a series of pedantic noises ranging from "Tsk, tsk!" to "Pshaw!" In extreme cases these sounds of disgruntlement ("disgrunts"?) are followed by the peculiar rustling "whump!" which characterizes the collision of a book with our office wall. What a joy, therefore, to discover that Martha Barnette has written a book which will delight both the etymologist and general reader alike. (Read the rest of our review from a recent newsletter.)
The creator of the game "Derivation" was kind enough to send us a review copy. As it suggests 4 to 10 players, we got a group of friends together last weekend and had a go (and a great time!). (Read the rest of our review from a recent newsletter.)
and Insulting English
The cover of this book carries the legend "Words to Offend and Amuse" and that is no lie. Within the covers of this little gem of a dictionary are some of the most obscurely perverse and downright disgusting entries I have ever encountered. It is to the credit of the authors that the entries are frequently hilarious at the same time. (Read the rest of our review from a recent newsletter.)
Exaltation of Larks
A delightful book on words for collections of things, mentioned in Issue 173 of Take Our Word For It.
to the Ants
Learn about the truly bizarre and fascinating world of ants, as mentioned in Issue 170 of Take Our Word For It.
for Jews: For You, a Little Wisdom
As featured in our recent Sez You... column (Issue 159). Read more of Mr. Bader's wonderfully hilarious poetry.
Secret Lives of Words
We haven't managed to read this one yet, but he does delve into the derivations of some unusual words. If you've read it, let us know what you think.
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