Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What's in a Word by Webb Garrison

If you have ever wondered where the phrases or words we speak on a daily basis come from, What's in a Word may be the book you need to read. If you like knowing the etymology of words, know why they are said, or just want to know the true meaning behind it pick it up. We use them every day, but do we know where they came from?

I had much anticipation about reading this book. I love words, and I love knowing their origin. I like to know exactly what that phrase means. I didn't find this book to be as interesting as I thought it would be. There are several common phrases, but some words that just seemed like a filler. It's a book I'd keep in the bathroom. Not something you read front to back. I didn't get engrossed in this book. Some of the phrases though surprised me. I had no idea how much of our language comes from other languages. It's worth picking up to read on occasion, but don't expect to get caught up with the words. While it can be educating, there is a lot that seems could be skipped.

**I was given this book by Thomas Nelson Publishers in agreement to write my honest opinion about this book**


  1. How many pages we talking? I can barely get through most Dr. Suess books.

  2. LOL Ian! I have a great book for you :)
    Sound interesting.