The Resource How happy became homosexual : and other mysterious semantic shifts, Howard Richler

How happy became homosexual : and other mysterious semantic shifts, Howard Richler

Label
How happy became homosexual : and other mysterious semantic shifts
Title
How happy became homosexual
Title remainder
and other mysterious semantic shifts
Statement of responsibility
Howard Richler
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Whats the difference between a good girl and a nice girl? Answer: The good girl goes to a party, goes home, then goes to bed, whereas the nice girl goes to the party, goes to bed, then goes home. While we think of nice nowadays as being a synonym for pleasant it was not always so; originally the words meaning conveyed the naughtiness implied in the joke. It was not until the middle of the 18th century that nice conveyed the sense of pleasantness that we now associate with the word. In this book Richler educates and entertains us while explaining how words such as nice and gay have changed meanings. Surprisingly, we discover that even many of our nouns and verbs have been in a constant state of flux. This morphing of meanings is ever-present, and Richler explains how, even in the last few years, words have been quietly reversing their meanings. So whether you are gay (happy), gay homosexual) or a melancholy heterosexual, Richler will lead you into a word world of entertaining change"--Provided by publisher
Additional physical form
Issued also in electronic formats.
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Richler, Howard
Dewey number
422
Index
no index present
LC call number
PE1574
LC item number
.R525 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English language
  • English language
Label
How happy became homosexual : and other mysterious semantic shifts, Howard Richler
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
163 p.
Isbn
9781553802303
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2013412948
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn820617072
  • (OCoLC)820617072
Label
How happy became homosexual : and other mysterious semantic shifts, Howard Richler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
163 p.
Isbn
9781553802303
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2013412948
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn820617072
  • (OCoLC)820617072

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