Friday, April 16, 2010

Review: A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi" by Chloe Rhodes

genre: non-fiction

I have a thing for words and where they come from. I love learning about the random history of stuff, also, and so when I was offered a chance to check out the book A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi," I happily waited for my book to arrive.

The subtitle of this book is "The Origin of Foreign Words Used in English." I love it!! It's not the sort of book you have to read straight through. Words and phrases are listed alphabetically, with a definition and an example sentence, so you can skim, skip around or even look up something you read and don't know. I also like that it will explain how the word is used if it happens to be different from what it actually means. The Latin phrases are particularly useful if you watch crime dramas. Plus, parts are actually quite funny.

If you have a word lover in your life who needs a gift or if you like to have books around that are interesting to browse through, this is a good bet.

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

I love to flip through books like that and then impress everyone with my knowledge!

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