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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (49 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phil Cousineau Narrator: Jack Chekijian Publisher: Viva Editions Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Who knew that the great country of Canada is named for a mistake? How about bedswerver, the best Elizabethan insult to hurl at a cheating boyfriend?

By exploring the delightful back stories of the 250 words in Wordcatcher, listeners will be lured by language and entangled in etymologies. Author Phil Cousineau takes us on a tour into the obscure territory of word origins with great erudition and endearing curiosity.

The English poet W. H. Auden was once asked to teach a poetry class, and when 200 students applied to study with him, he only had room for 20 of them. When asked how he chose his students, he said he picked the ones who actually loved words. So too, with this book - it takes a special wordcatcher to create a treasure chest of remarkable words and their origins, and any word lover will relish the stories that Cousineau has discovered.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Claudia Andersen | 1/15/2013

    " Great little book to browse through, read random word origins. Each word has a story, a historical reference, a context & culture. I gave up reading cover to cover but find I keep picking it up for more....for lovers of words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sharry | 6/11/2012

    " This little gem of a book is a must-own for every writer, reader, word and language lover. It's charming, highly informative and evokes a sense of awe and gratitude for the richness of the journey our words have traveled. "

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About the Author
Author Phil Cousineau

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, independent scholar and travel leader, storyteller and television host. He lectures frequently on a wide spectrum of topics that reflect his mythic journeys, including mythology, movies, writing, mentorship, beauty, travel, sports, and creativity. Currently the host of Link TV’s Global Spirit series, Cousineau has published more than two dozen nonfiction books and has fifteen scriptwriting credits to his name. His books have been translated into nine languages. An expert on mythology and film and the “hero journey” structure of screenplays, Cousineau consults on writing projects of all kinds. He lives in San Francisco.