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Released today: The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two
What could a senator, a Muppet, an advice columnist, and a baseball player all have in common? What is one word that describes Bob Dole, Elmo, Miss Manners, and Ozzie Smith?
They all are illeists.
An illeist is one who refers to himself in the third person (for example: "Miss Manners does not condone ...") and it's one of the words discussed in my new book, released today:
The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two:The Hidden Lives and Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words
This book is published by the Penguin Group and it features stories about
words and their origins -- all true stories. You'll learn what the word
cantaloupe has to do with the pope, what word is coined after Socrates's
wife, and what a wellerism is.
Find it in your local bookstore, neighborhood library, or online at
Barnes & Noble, or
your local store.
Language is the archives of history. -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)