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“Accidental Dictionary” tracks erroneous journey of English language

Oct 30, 2017, 7:56 AM EDT

Writer and etymologist Paul Anthony Jones’ latest book, The Accidental Dictionary, explores how the English language has shifted and evolved with errors, reminding the readers of the dynamic nature of words.

The book, which is really in dictionary format, manifests the “alive and active” nature of the English language, which not only keeps coining new terms and discarding a few stale ones, but also mutates words to manifest completely different meanings, notes HuffPost News.

The Accidental Dictionary compiles a list of words from Old English right through to the modern day with gripping etymologies, for example the word “blockbuster,” which today means something amazing impactful, initially was the name of a massive aerial bomb developed to literally blocks of buildings. 

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