Dr. Steven M. Cerutti PhD.
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The English language was largely
influenced by the ancient languages of the Romans and the
Greeks, and this entertaining and educational book shows the
amazing origins of words that we use everyday.
Let Dr. Cerutti show you how to
sharpen your word usage, sharpen the dull edge of your
vernacular, blunted over the years by hearing, reading and
speaking words that you have never truly understood.
Combining Dr. Cerutti's
authoritative command over the English language with uncanny
scholarship and his own unique wry wit, this book is a must-read
for anyone who has ever wondered about common word usage.
* Learn the
amazing origins of profane words
how words dramatically change meaning in just a few
* Learn words to insult your enemies without their knowledge
* Make up words to say exactly what you mean
* Learn how words have come to mean the opposite of what
they actually mean
* Learn to insult your enemies without their knowledge
* Understand the real meaning of our numbers
About the Author:
Dr. Steven M. Cerutti
Table of Contents:
Reader comments and
Know What to Say - The East Carolinian
"He amazed his students with both funny and naughty stories from
Roman and Greek mythology, and captured their minds with his true
knowledge and energy about words."
"Almost a year ago Dr. Cerutti received a
phone call from Don Burleson, whose son Andrew was in his class and
couldn't stop talking about it. Don Burleson is a publisher (Rampant
Press) and was very interested in codifying his class. "I was
blown away", said Cerutti."
The evolution of common English
- The Reflector
"Cerutti's curriculum is thus entertaining in addition to being
educational. As such, his Classics 1300 was voted the university's
most popular class in a student poll taken by campus newspaper The
East Carolinian a few years ago."
"After class one day, his
office phone rang. It was the father of one of his students. "My son
can't stop talking about your class," the man said to Cerutti. "I
happen to run an independent publishing house. I would like to
codify your class into a book." From that conversation, Cerutti
received a contract to distill his Greek and Latin for Vocabulary
Building course into a book."
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