Monday, April 11, 2011

30 Days of Books - Day 7

I went to work this morning with every intention of going to a Step class at 5.30. Which meant I had to leave work at 4.30 to get there in time. When I looked at the clock and it was 4.45, I wasn't all that devastated. Because honestly, I HATE Body Step. So I came home with the intention of doing a circuit at home. But then my housemate, D, said that she was about to leave for a Body Jam class if I wanted to go with her. It cost me $20 because it was at a different gym, but it was totally worth it. Because it was AWESOME.

Anyway, let's get on with the books!

Day 7 - Most underrated book

Okay, I'm choosing to interpret this as "A book I think everyone should read". I'd have to go with this one:

The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English, by Henry Hitchings. I'm reading it at the moment - it was an early birthday present from the lovely Kat. And it's fascinating - did you know that the word 'coriander' comes from the Greek for 'bedbug'? Apparently the smell of crushed bugs is much the same as the smell of coriander. I KNEW there was a reason I hated coriander.

It's also amazing/disgusting just how many English words originated in a word related to testicles. Avocado? From the Nahuatl for testicle. Musk? From the Sanskrit for scrotum. I officially can't eat musk sticks ever again *shudder* (God, I can't WAIT to see the Google searches that lead to this post...)

It's filled with lots of stuff NOT related to balls too - it starts with Roman times, moving through the Anglo-Saxon era and the Norman invasion through to exploration in the Americas, India, the Far East, and my own dear Australia, before finishing with the late twentieth century. It's pretty cool to see how words from other languages have been mangled by English, especially stuff from Arabic and Persian. And, indeed, how words from English have been transformed when being absorbed by other languages.

It's a great reminder that language isn't static - it's constantly growing and changing and reforming itself. And I can but hope that, one of these days, words like 'wibble' and 'arsebiscuits' will be both in common use and in the dictionary ;)

(Incidentally, if you're getting sick of me wibbling on about books, stick around - there's a recipe for homemade lasagna coming up at some point this week!)

K xx

Day 01 - The best book you read last year
Day 02 - A book you've read more than 3 times
Day 03 - Your favourite series
Day 04 - Your favourite book of your favourite series
Day 05 - A book that makes you happy
Day 06 - A book that makes you sad
Day 07 - Most underrated book
Day 08 - Most overrated book
Day 09 - A book you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 10 - Favourite classic book
Day 11 - A book you hated
Day 12 - A book you used to love but don't any more
Day 13 - Your favourite writer
Day 14 - Favourite book of your favourite writer
Day 15 - Favourite male character
Day 16 - Favourite female character
Day 17 - Favourite quote from your favourite book
Day 18 - A book that disappointed you
Day 19 - Favourite book turned into a movie
Day 20 - Favourite romance book
Day 21 - Favourite book from your childhood
Day 22 - Favourite book you own
Day 23 - A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven't
Day 24 - A book you wish more people would've read
Day 25 - A character you can relate to the most
Day 26 - A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 - The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 - Favourite title
Day 29 - A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 - Your favourite book of all time


  1. I'm so glad you're enjoying the book! It seems like it would be such a dry subject, but the book is really well written. And amusing, which is always a bonus.

    Yay lasagne!

  2. It's great, Kat! I'm up to the chapter about India at the moment :)


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