One-Letter Words, a Dictionary

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Craig Conley, «One-Letter Words, a Dictionary»
HarperCollins | ISBN 0060798734 | <2005-11-01> Year | PDF | 1.1 Mb | 272 pages

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A rich, thought-provoking, and curious compendium of the myriad definitions attributed to each letter of the English alphabet.

Merriam-Webster, move over! Until now, no English dictionary ever found the fun or the fascination in revealing the meanings of letters. One-Letter Words, a Dictionary illuminates the more than 800 surprising definitions associated with each letter in the English alphabet. For instance, Conley uncovers 69 different definitions for the letter X, the most versatile and printed letter in the English language. Using facts, figures, quotations, and etymologies, the author provides a complete and enjoyable understanding of the one-letter word.

With the letter B, Conley teaches us that its many different meanings span multiple subjects including science – B denotes a bloodtype and also is a symbol for the element Boron on the Periodic table – and history – in the Middle Ages, B was branded on a blasphemer's forehead. With the letter A, he reminds us that A is ot only a bra size, but also a musical note.

This book is the essential desk companion, gift, or reference volume for a vast array of readers–wordsmiths, puzzle lovers, teachers, students, librarians, or armchair linguists. Once they pick it up they'll never be able to put it down.