The Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins

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To untangle the knot of interlocking meanings of these painted words, logophile and mythologist Phil Cousineau begins each fascinating word entry with his own brief definition.

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He then fills it in with a tint of etymology and a smattering of quotes that show how the word is used, ending with a list of companion words. The words themselves range from commonplace — like biscuit, a twice-baked cake for Roman soldiers — to loanwords including chaparral, from the Basque shepherds who came to the American West; words from myths, such as hector; metamorphosis words, like silly, which evolved holy to goofy in a mere thousand years; and words well worthy of revival, such as carrytale, a wandering storyteller. Whether old-fangled or brand new, all the words included in The Painted Word possess an ineffable quality that makes them luminous.

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Author Phil Cousineau / Gregg Chadwick (illustrator)
Publisher Viva Editions
Page Count 336pp
Publication Size 5 x 7
Publication Notes softcover
Publication Date September 18, 2012
ISBN 978-1936740178

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