|About the Book|
From head to toe to breast to behind, Carnal Knowledge is a delightfully intoxicating tour of the words we use to describe our bodies. Did you know:-eye is one of the oldest written words in the English language?-callipygian means having beautifulMoreFrom head to toe to breast to behind, Carnal Knowledge is a delightfully intoxicating tour of the words we use to describe our bodies. Did you know:-eye is one of the oldest written words in the English language?-callipygian means having beautiful buttocks?-gam, a slang word for leg, comes from the French word jambe?A treat for anyone who gets a kick out of words, Carnal Knowledge is also the perfect gift for anyone interested in the human body and the many (many, many) ways its been described.Delight your friends (or lose them rapidly) with this fabulous new knowledge presented with deftness and wit.---Lynn Truss, author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves and Talk to the HandMaster etymologist Charles Hodgson offers a passionate lesson...illuminates how just about every part of the amazing human chassis got its name.---Richard Lederer, author of Word WizardA near-perfect body of work that will not only entertain your brain but tickle your funny bone, too.---Erin McKean, editor in chief, The New Oxford American Dictionary (2nd ed.)More than a list of anatomical words and their meanings, Hodgsons book fleshes out the meaning behind the words. This is a blood-and-guts encyclopedia, not some bone-dry dictionary…. Even misologists (haters of knowledge) will find pleasure in Carnal Knowledge.---Robert Hartwell Fiske, author of The Dictionary of Disagreeable English, Deluxe EditionAnd you thought you knew your own body! A captivating trove of facts and history that will amuse and fascinate.--- Jane Farrow, Wanted Words, CBC RadioCHARLES HODGSON is an engineer by training and a logophile (word lover) by habit. He produces a daily blog and podcast for word lovers at www.podictionary.com.