TAWDRY KNICKERS AND OTHER UNFORTUNATE WAYS TO BE REMEMBERED
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TAWDRY KNICKERS AND OTHER UNFORTUNATE WAYS TO BE REMEMBERED
A Saucy and Spirited History of Ninety Notorious Namesakes
Alex Novak

A witty take on the true origins of common words—and the infamous people whose names inspired them.
Some are born notorious.
Others have notoriety thrust upon them.

Few realize that their morning mouthwash bears the name of a life- saving British baron or that their sugary graham crackers would be abhorred by the health-food fanatic who concocted the flavourless original recipe. Throughout history, the proper names of figures both noble and notorious have slipped into the common and uncommon corners of our vocabulary. Tawdry Knickers and Other Unfortunate Ways to Be Remembered details the lamentable lives and legacies of history's most infamous namesakes and the words they inspired:

*Henry Shrapnel died of natural causes, despite having invented the shells whose shattering fragments would rain hellfire on soldiers from the Battle of Waterloo through the Vietnam War.
*Poor virgin St. Audrey suffered from a bulging neck tumour and the unwanted advances of an unsympathetic husband, but never lived to hear crass vendors eventually hawk her "tawdry" lace.
*If New York blueblood Harmen Knickerbocker isn't rolling over in his grave, his nineteenth-century drawers are at least in a twist over having his venerable family name associated with underwear.
*Barbara Handler has never been happy about providing the name for the original Barbie, to say nothing of her doll's plastic relationship with Ken-named for her real-life brother.

More Information
  • Published : 05/10/2010
  • ISBN : 9780399536199
  • Format : Paperback
  • Imprint : TarcherPerigee
  • Size (mm): 114 x 203
  • Category: Reference
  • Pages : 240
  • Edition :