Wordcatcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

Who knew that the great country of Canada is named for a mistake? How about "bedswerver", the best Elizabethan insult to hurl at a cheating boyfriend?

By exploring the delightful back stories of the 250 words in Wordcatcher, listeners will be lured by language and entangled in etymologies. Author Phil Cousineau takes us on a tour into the obscure territory of word origins with great erudition and endearing curiosity.

The English poet W. H. Auden was once asked to teach a poetry class, and when 200 students applied to study with him, he only had room for 20 of them. When asked how he chose his students, he said he picked the ones who actually loved words. So too, with this book - it takes a special wordcatcher to create a treasure chest of remarkable words and their origins, and any word lover will relish the stories that Cousineau has discovered.

GENRE
History
NARRATOR
JC
Jack Chekijian
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
07:13
hr min
RELEASED
2011
November 23
PUBLISHER
Viva Editions
PRESENTED BY
Audible.com
SIZE
321.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Super Reader! ,

Expand your mind and add to your vocabulary

I heard Phil Cousineau on NPR discussing some of this favorite words in the English language and am now completely fascinated by the "history and mystery" of words and the stories behind it all. Who knew that English is, by far, the largest language? Phil Cousineau did and he explains how and why. Expand your mind and add to your vocabulary. A VERY worthwhile read!