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Semantic Antics: How and Why Words Change Meaning

by Sol Steinmetz

"My favorite popular word book of the year"

-William Safire, NY Times 6/22/2008

A fun, new approach to examining etymology!

Many common English words started out with an entirely different meaning than the one...


There's a Word for It: The Explosion of the American Language Since 1900

by Sol Steinmetz

Word geeks (1984), rejoice! Crack open these covers and immerse yourself in a mind-expanding (1963) compendium of the new words (or new meanings of words) that have sprung from American life to ignite the most...


The Life of Language: The fascinating ways words are born, live & die

by Sol Steinmetz & Barbara Ann Kipfer

If time travelers from the nineteenth century dropped in on us, our strange vocabulary would shock them just as much as our TVs, cars, and computers. Society changes, and so does its word stock. The Life of...