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Word Perfect: Etymological Entertainment For Every Day of the Year

Susie Dent

  • First edition
  • First printing
  • Signed by the author

Welcome to a year of wonder through the English language with Susie Dent, lexicographer extraordinaire and queen of Countdown’s Dictionary Corner.

From Turning a Blind Eye (Nelson putting the telescope to his missing eye to ignore the order to stop fighting) to why May Day became a distress call; from stealing someone’s thunder to the real Jack the Lad, from tartle (forgetting someone’s name) to snaccident (unintentionally eating a whole packet of biscuits), Word Perfect is her brilliant linguistic almanac full of unforgettable true stories tied to every day of the year. You’ll never be lost for words again.

  • ISBN 9781529311518
  • Title Word Perfect: Etymological Entertainment For Every Day of the Year
  • Author Susie Dent
  • Publisher Hachette
  • Imprint John Murray
  • Binding Hardback
  • Publication date Friday 10th January 2020
  • Width 13.8cm
  • Height 22.5cm
  • Number of pages 416

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