WORDS ARE PEOPLE TOO... by Bob Pitta

WORDS ARE PEOPLE TOO...

Bob's rarely used... and rarely useful "Encyclobodomy" of words and phrases. "A definitive and complete fabrication" by Bob Pitta

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this debut humor collection, Pitta throws out actual etymology and linguistic history in favor of pun-filled anecdotes purporting to reveal the previously unknown origins of hundreds of English words.

Pitta’s book is organized in an inventive chronology, beginning with the “Inquisitarius Period” a quarter-million years ago and concluding with “A New Millenium” (sic). In his entry on “wheel,” for instance, Pitta writes, “Despite the disparity of languages around the world, in known and unknown habitudes, the thing that we have come now to know as the WHEEL was always referred to as the Spherical Round Thing, or the SRT.” Philosophy takes its name from the fees charged by Philip of Osso, while Pitta attributes “annihilated” to ancient Egyptians’ version of “the dog ate my homework.” Readers who have a limited tolerance for puns may find 300-plus pages of such stories a bit excessive, but those who share Pitta’s sense of humor will likely enjoy asides such as “It was called the FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE because it took place on October 23, 476 AD which is, pretty much, the middle of fall around the Mediterranean,” or a neologism attributed to the Boston Tea Party: “The rallying cry ‘WAR AND TEA!’ has since been contracted to ‘WARRANTY’ to indicate assurance that the British would now rethink their plan and go home.” The book’s irreverent, unserious tone is evident from the first pages, so readers in search of a language book based on fact will have no trouble determining whether or not they’re willing to go along for the ride.

Word origins derived from a fertile sense of humor rather than fact, likely to appeal to fans of puns and wordplay.

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0615823898
Page count: 376pp
Publisher: waptoo
Program: Kirkus Indie
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