A collection of our favourite fascinating words. It includes cunning curiosities, remarkable rarities, wonderful words and tremendous trivia. All the words are in use or have been in use in the English language. Most of the entries are serious and educational but occasionally we have sprinkled in something unexpected and facetious. Some sample entries: ARNOLD is a boy’s name which has two anagrams which are also boys’ names – ROLAND and RONALD. DESSERTS is the longest word which forms another word when spelled backwards, STRESSED. IGNORAMUS – nowadays, a stupid person, but originally a jury verdict meaning ‘we do not know’ from the Latin ignoramus. OPOSSUM the only North American marsupial gets its name from the native American Powhatan language where it means white dog. Skunk, coyote, raccoon, moose, woodchuck, and caribou are other animals whose names come from native American tongues. CASTANET means to go fishing. This book is a treasure trove of fascinating word facts and trivia. Did you know that KARAOKE means ’empty orchestra’ in Japanese. Or that KIOSK is a Turkish word for palace? Ot that KIBOSH comes from the Irish caip bais, the cap of death. So to put the kibosh on something means to doom it. This book is a treasure trove of fascinating word trivia. A portion of royalties from sales of this book go to Step by Step, a charity which helps homeless and disadvantaged young people.