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May 16, 2019

Here are a few of my favorite entries, all beginning with the letter “H,"  from Word and Phrase Origins, a thoroughly delightful book published in 1997.

Half-back. A fairly new term for northern Americans who retire to Florida, find it too hot in the summer and go "half...

November 6, 2018

Here are a few of my favorite entries, all beginning with the letter “E,"  from Word and Phrase Origins, a thoroughly delightful book published in 1997. 

Edelweiss. A white flower found high in the Alps (and perhaps best known to Americans through the song of the s...

July 19, 2018

Here are a few of my favorite entries, all beginning with the letter “C,”  from Word and Phrase Origins, a book given to me (and a most thoughtful gift it was) shortly after its 1997 publication.

Cannoli. Reflecting its shape, this crisp Italian pastry filled with sweet...

June 18, 2018

Here are a few of my favorite entries, all beginning with the letter “B,”  from Word and Phrase Origins, a book given to me (and a most thoughtful gift it was) shortly after its 1997 publication.

Bat out of hell. As everyone knows, moving like a bat out of hell  means g...

May 1, 2018

One of the best and most thoughtful gifts I ever received was from a coworker who knew I was a logophile -- a lover of words. Published in 1997 and titled Word and Phrase Origins, the book’s  description says it “contains more than 9,000 entries that trace the sometime...

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