April 16, 2010

"What's in a Word" by Webb Garrison Review

I admit it. I'm a nerd. To be more specific: I'm a word nerd. That's why "What's in a Word" by Webb Garrison is right up my alley. Perhaps you're like me and have wondered how in the world the letter "X" came to represent a kiss when placed after a signature on a letter. Or maybe someone has warned you to stop "raising cane" because one day you'll have to "pay the piper."

Since reading this book I have assaulted my husband with my new word knowledge. He has been very patient with my continuous "did you know" questions the last few days. I think it's just fascinating.

This isn't the kind of book that you sit and read straight through (although you could if you were so inclined). The book is divided into several different sections (technology, science, religion, etc.). While the book is not a comprehensive study of etymology it is a fun collection of more than 350 words and phrases that we use everyday. There is a helpful index in the back if you're looking for a specific word or phrase.

I would totally recommend this book to any curious cat out there who would like to dazzle their friends and family with their new word knowledge :-)

Happy Reading!


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Sneeze to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Sounds like a book for my daughter. Her birthday is coming up in June.


  2. I'm with you, I find that kind of stuff fascinating. I am now following you from MBC, you can find me at http://marvelouslymessy.blogspot.com/


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