Word Perfect: Etymological Entertainment For Every Day of the Year (Paperback)
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'Susie Dent is a one-off. She breathes life and fun into words and language' Pam Ayres
'Susie Dent is a national treasure' Richard Osman
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.
About the Author
Susie Dent is the resident word expert in Dictionary Corner on C4's Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and has been on every programme about words: 15 x 15, Word of Mouth, and More or Less. Susie also writes regularly for the Radio Times, The Week Junior and The I, and her Word of the Day has attracted over 1,000,000 followers on Twitter.
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
Susie Dent is a national treasure—RICHARD OSMAN
A golden vaulted cave of fascinating and funny hidden gems for people who love words, for people who aren't that bothered about words and people who don't even really like words...and that is the magic of Susie Dent.—JO BRAND
Utterly addictive . . . unputdownable—RICHARD & JUDY, Daily Express
Stuffed with delightful words . . . it'll keep Scrabble fanatics and wordsmiths entertained for hours—Radio Times
Packed full of fascinating facts—Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express
Magic—Mark Mason, Daily Mail
You can pick it up and be absorbed for hours—The Press (York)