Why You Say It
Being a lover of words and phrase as well as being a writer, I decided to try Web Garrison's Why You Say It as part of Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program. Little did I realize this is not a brand new book, but rather a reprinted one. It was first published around 2000 (according to the copyright page) and it has recently been reprinted with a more stylish cover. So if you read the first edition, there is nothing that indicates anything new here.
Garrison takes popular words/phrases and gives a brief description of them. This description can either be the way they are used now, or a story of where the word originated from. Each description is about one paragraph long. It's like a cross between an encyclopedia and a dictionary, which different chapters for different types of phrases (i.e. "The Great Outdoors," or "The World of Entertainment."
Some of the words will make you groan with the obviousness of it such as Babel. Most people could probably think of a realist background for it and probably be right. Other words have more intriguing or little known backgrounds. One of these words is sandwich, named after John Montagu who was the fourth Earl of Sandwich who ate meat between two slices of bread.
What I didn't like was how short the definitions were. I would've much rather seen few definitions with more space devoted to them. Some of the words sound like they have a great back story and five lines is all too little to tell it effectively.
If you are a wordsmith and enjoy knowing random trivia questions this may be the book for you. It won't be riveting, but is fun to randomly search a couple words at a time.
Better yet. Check it out from the library.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255