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February 07 , 2010

The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two

The Hidden Lives and Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words


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EXTRAIT:Un amateur de philosophie, M. J.-A. Cantacuzène, à qui nous étions déjà redevables d’une traduction de la Quadruple racine du principe de raison suffisante et des Aphorismes sur la sagesse dans la vie, vient de publier à Leipsig, Paris et Bucharest, la première traduction…

A collection of some of the most interesting stories and fascinating origins behind more than 300 words, names, and terms by the founder of 

Did you know:
There’s a word for the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell? Petrichor, combining petros (Greek for stone) and ichor (the fluid that flows in the veins of Greek gods). 

An illeist is one who refers to oneself in the third person. 

There’s a word for feigning lack of interest in something while actually desiring it: accismus

For any aspiring deipnosophist (a good conversationalist at meals) or devoted Philomath (a lover of learning), this anthology of entertaining etymology is an ideal way to have fun while getting smarter.

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