Word Nerd: More Than 17,000 Fascinating Facts about Words

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Sourcebooks, Jun 1, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 570 pages
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Are You a Word Nerd?

Did you know...
--Only a human (not an animal or thing) is "able" to do something
--The five on dice is called cinque
--"K" for strike-out in baseball comes from the last letter of "struck"
--To skice is to frisk about like squirrels in spring

For word lovers everywhere, Word Nerd is a rich-and fun-compendium of more than 17,000 fascinating facts about words. Bestselling author Barbara Anne Kipfer has spent years compiling little known tidbits about common-and not so common-words in the English language.

Filled with interesting information about words, sure to amaze and spark conversation, this incredible collection is perfect for the word nerd in each of us.

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Review: Word Nerd: More Than 17,000 Fascinating Facts about Words

User Review  - Anna - Goodreads

I check this out from the library and realized it read more like a dictionary. I still would like to go through this book, but I need to buy it so I can do it at a leisurely pace. Read full review

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User Review  - bamalibrarylady - LibraryThing

A wonderful book for people who love words and learning interesting facts about how words are used. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Barbara Ann Kipfer, Ph.D., is a lexicographer who has authored or compiled more than forty books, including the "Dictionary of American Slang" (with Robert L. Chapman), "The Order of Things", "Writer's Digest Flip Dictionary", and the bestselling "14,000 Things to Be Happy About". She received her doctorate in linguistics from England's University of Exeter.

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