Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language

Patricia O’Conner, the author of Woe Is I, and her partner in crime Stewart Kellerman debunk the misconceptions of words and usage that are often misunderstood in the English language. The book is both an intriguing and informative read. I particularly enjoyed the origins of “shit,” “fuck,” and “niggardly.” The only word I wish they have covered is “motherfucker.”

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