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Etymology on Display in 'Word Histories'

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Joseph Pickett, editor of Word Histories and Mysteries: From Abracadabra to Zeus. It's a book about the uncommon origins of common words.

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Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.