Wordcatcher

An Odyssey Into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words

By Phil Cousineau; Greg Chadwick (Illustrator)
(Viva Editions, Paperback, 9781573444002, 305pp.)

Publication Date: April 2010

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Description

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, readers are 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.




About the Author
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.

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