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by Paul Degen,Willard R. Espy

eBook O Thou Improper, Thou Uncommon Noun download ISBN: 0517530813
Author: Paul Degen,Willard R. Espy
Publisher: Clarkson N. Potter; First Edition edition (December 12, 1978)
Language: English
ePub: 1608 kb
Fb2: 1201 kb
Rating: 4.6
Other formats: lit mbr doc azw
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Words Language and Grammar

This is an interesting book. O Thou gave me enough info about each god and mythological creature mentioned in The Lightning Thief to help me anticipate events in the story.

This is an interesting book. The book begins with a warning from the author: "Taken massively, Improper, Uncommon Nouns are dangerous to the health. Try one here, one there. If there are no disagreeable side effects, such as breaking out in a rash, taste again, but sparingly and at intervals. Otherwise you may become seriously il. Perhaps I have an unusually strong tolerance for nouns, but my only symptom upon reading the first hundred pages at once was a difficulty in putting it down.

Its full title is "Thou Improper, Thou Uncommon Noun: A Bobtailed, Generally Chronological Listing of Proper Names That Have Become Improper and Uncommonly Common; Together With a Smattering of Proper Names Commonly Used. And Certain Other Diversions"

Its full title is "Thou Improper, Thou Uncommon Noun: A Bobtailed, Generally Chronological Listing of Proper Names That Have Become Improper and Uncommonly Common; Together With a Smattering of Proper Names Commonly Used. And Certain Other Diversions". Or, as the publisher shortened it for the cover, "An Etymology of Words That Once Were Names".

Espy's pulled out another file folder and tidied up the contents for public viewing. Or, officially, An Etymology of Words That Once Were Names. Herein: the blithely annotated origins of proper-to-common nouns like Jezebel, Jumbo, and Mason jars; eggs Benedict and charley horse; boycotts, bogeys, and donnybrooks. Espy is the deft hand who juggled another set of oranges into the popular Almanac of Words at Play (1976); this has the same sportiveness, although it's less consistently entertaining

Автовоспроизведение Если функция включена, то следующий ролик начнет воспроизводиться автоматически.

Автовоспроизведение Если функция включена, то следующий ролик начнет воспроизводиться автоматически.

O Thou Improper, Thou Uncommon Noun (1978). a b c Willard R. Espy (1999). The Best of An Almanac of Words at Play.

O Thou Improper, Thou Uncommon Noun (1978) (ISBN 0-517-53511-4) ^ a b c Willard R.

O Thou Improper, Thou Uncommon Noun (1978) (ISBN 0-517-53511-4). Another Almanac of Words at Play (1981) (ISBN 0-233-97288-9).

O Thou Improper, Thou Uncommon Noun (1978). Another Almanac of Words at Play (1981). The Wars of the Words (1980).

a bobtailed, generally chronological listing of proper names that have become improper and uncommonly common, together with a smattering of proper names commonly used ...
Comments: (5)
Gamba
A delightful book for word lovers. Whenever you see something by Mr. Espy, buy it! You won't go wrong.
Rit
Willard Espy was a man who loved words and the English language. This is an interesting book.
Yanthyr
excellent
Damand
A happy story: I started The Lightning Thief, a children's book,and then received this book. The first chapter of O Thou deals with words taken from Greek gods, and each entry in the chapter tells a little about each god and why he was important. The Lightning Thief is the story of a boy who is half-god and he is being sought by many other Greek mythological creatures. O Thou gave me enough info about each god and mythological creature mentioned in The Lightning Thief to help me anticipate events in the story. Very nice.
Whitehammer
The book begins with a warning from the author: "Taken massively, Improper, Uncommon Nouns are dangerous to the health. Try one here, one there. If there are no disagreeable side effects, such as breaking out in a rash, taste again, but sparingly and at intervals. Otherwise you may become seriously ill." Perhaps I have an unusually strong tolerance for nouns, but my only symptom upon reading the first hundred pages at once was a difficulty in putting it down.
Espy divides his book into subjects instead of working alphabetically, which allows a natural flow from one definition to the next. This ease of progression, combined with Espy's wit, makes the book read more like a novel than a dictionary.