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January Reading – Word Perfect

Word Perfect

By Susie Dent

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A wonderful book with a word for everyday of the year and a daily treat by Countdown’s Lexicographer

Susie Dent is an Etymologist and a media personality. She is the resident Lexicographer on Channel 4’s Countdown. On each episode, she also provides a brief commentary on the origin of a particular word or phrase

Today’s word is Jingoistic – ”On this day in 1878, Disraeli ordered the British fleet into the Dardanelles to resist Russia – a move celebrated by the musical-hall song that went on to become widely popular. Its chorus included the two words ‘by jingo’, thus shunting the term ‘jingoism’ from its relatively unremarkable existence into the mainstream…”

A must for all Scrabble players and Quizzers

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