The Unexpected Evolution of Language: Discover the Surprising Etymology of Everyday Words - Justin Cord Hayes - A Short Summary and Review

A short summary of The Unexpected Evolution of Language:

Where the words we love to misuse and the story behind their definitions.

My favorite quote from the book:

"English is the mutt, the Heinz 57, the bastard child of every language that came before it."

Questions to ponder while reading:

Did you realize how close Old English was to Latin?

Which do you prefer to study, etymology or entomology?

My review of the book:

A whole lot of nerdy word fun in a book.

A great bit of word history.

A great reminder to use the appropriate definition for the appropriate time period.


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