Angels, Barbarians, and Nincompoops
And A Lot of Other Words You Thought You KnewBook - 2017
"Similarly, it’s hard not to love this book, which employs a diverse cast of characters ranging from C.S. Lewis and Emily Dickinson to Lily Munster and the Great Pumpkin to reveal the historical, hilarious, and even holy origins of the words we use, even though many of us have forgotten what they mean. Join Professor Esolen on this fun yet educational romp through 98 of your soon to be favorite words. ...Again and again, you’ll find yourself agreeing with Esolen, who, channeling his inner Boris Badunov (Bullwinkle the Moose’s nemesis, for the philistines and milennials among you), reminds us that “ Eees good to know grammar. Eees delight, to play with style. Eees, no?”Yes, it is! And it also edifying to see just how rooted our language is in the Christian faith, as rooted as once was our culture. Esolen’s delightful tour of the English language and its roots gives us a window into our shared heritage that sadly we’ve largely forgotten. We won’t tell you what the word referenced in the first sentence above is… but don’t be it. Buy this book. You’ll be glad you did." -- from publisher's website.
Publisher: Charlotte, NC : TAN Books, 
Branch Call Number: 428.1 Eso
Characteristics: xiii, 196 pages ; 23 cm