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Word Perfect: Etymological Entertainment For Every Day of the Year

Susie Dent

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United Kingdom, Great Britain, Language: reference & general, Gift books

'I love this book' Gyles Brandreth - A special new edition of the much-loved book, and the perfect present for word-lovers

'Susie Dent is a national treasure' Richard Osman

'WORD PERFECT is a golden vaulted cave of fascinating and funny hidden gems' JO BRAND

Welcome to a year of wonder with Susie Dent, lexicographer, logophile, and longtime queen of Countdown's Dictionary Corner.

From the real Jack the Lad to the theatrically literal story behind stealing someone's thunder, from tartle (forgetting someone's name at the very moment you need it) to snaccident (the unintentional eating of an entire packet of biscuits), WORD PERFECT is a brilliant linguistic almanac full of unforgettable stories, fascinating facts, and surprising etymologies tied to every day of the year. You'll never be lost for words again.

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Praise for Word Perfect: Etymological Entertainment For Every Day of the Year

  • I love this book. Nobody on earth knows more about the English language than Susie Dent and nobody writes about it more entertainingly. This is a treat for every day of the year - GYLES BRANDRETH

  • Magic - Daily Mail

  • Entertaining - Spectator

  • Packed full of fascinating facts - Sunday Express

  • Utterly addictive . . . unputdownable - Daily Express

  • Stuffed with delightful words . . . it'll keep Scrabble fanatics and wordsmiths entertained for hours - Radio Times

  • You can pick it up and be absorbed for hours - The Press (York)

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Susie Dent

Susie Dent is the resident word expert in Dictionary Corner on C4's Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, has been on every programme about words: 15 x 15, Word of Mouth, More or Less; and is a regular panellist on R4's Wordaholics. Susie also writes a weekly column for the Radio Times, reviews for the Spectator and has over 570,000 followers on Twitter. This is the book she has always wanted to write.

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