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9 Most Beautiful Words

Phil Cousineau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Phil Cousineau

I have also come to love what the linguist Charles Mackay described as the "lost beauties," of our mother tongue, archaic words worthy of revival, such as oubliette, a forgotten place, hwyl, a sudden outburst of eloquence, or skirl, to shriek like a bagpipe.

Where'd The Word 'Crap' Come From?

Posted 10.02.2012 | Books

The following is an excerpt from "The Etymologicon" [Berkley Trade, $16.00] by Mark Forsyth: There’s a myth that the word crap was coined for th...