422: Garg, Anu. The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two: The Hidden Lives and Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words. New York: Plume, 2007. 169 pp. ISBN 978-0-452-28861-4.
- 400: Language
- 420: English and Old English
- 422: Etymology of standard English
Languages are wonderful things. They are fluid, foreign, and fantastic. The English language is an amalgamation of everything it has come into contact with, including itself. Words have been borrowed from other languages, re-translated, shifted over time, and even re-combined to add new nuance and new history. Anu Garg’s The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two is a look into the nooks and crannies of the English language to show some of the more amazing stories behind some of its most interesting words.