• Anglický jazyk

Secret Life of Words, The: How English Became English

Autor: Henry Hitchings

Alcatraz Island was named by a Spanish explorer who arrived in 1775 to find the island covered with pelicans, or alcatraces. And "alcatraces"? The word goes back to the Arabic al-qadus, which was a bucket used in irrigation that resembled the bucket beaks of pelicans.... Viac o knihe

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Alcatraz Island was named by a Spanish explorer who arrived in 1775 to find the island covered with pelicans, or alcatraces. And "alcatraces"? The word goes back to the Arabic al-qadus, which was a bucket used in irrigation that resembled the bucket beaks of pelicans.
• What does a walnut have to do with walls? The word comes from the Old English walhnutu, meaning foreign nut. They were originally grown in Italy and imported, and the northern Europeans named them to distinguish them from the native hazelnut.
• Cravat comes from the French word for a Croatian. The French adopted the garment from Croatian mercenaries in the seventeenth century.
• The word mortgage literally means death grip.
The Secret Life of Words is a wide-ranging chronicle of how words witness history, reflect social change, and remind us of our past.
  • Vydavateľstvo: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books
  • Rok vydania: 2008
  • Jazyk: Anglický jazyk
  • ISBN: 9780374254100

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