Cover Reveal & Giveaway: 'Literally: Amazing Words and Where They Come From'

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We're excited to exclusively reveal the cover for a new children's non-fiction title from What on Earth Books. Publishing May 7th, LITERALLY: Amazing Words and Where They Come From by Patrick Skipworth and Nicholas Stevenson is a visual portrayal of the origins of some of our most commonly used words, such as 'companion' and 'zero'.

Did you know that English words come from all over the world and that their meanings have changed along their journey? Our word 'zero' comes from the Arabic word for empty space. 'Companion' is from the Latin for with bread.

With simple descriptions and evocative, witty illustrations, this is a fascinating introduction to the rich history and cultural diversity of our language.

The book reveals the diverse origins of English words and their layered meanings as well as demonstrating the way the English language connects to indigenous languages and cultures across the globe, from Hawaii to Australia.


***Book Giveaway!***

Thanks to the publishers at What on Earth Books, we have a SIGNED copy of Literally to give away to one of our followers.

To enter, follow @booksfortopics on Twitter and retweet the giveaway tweet. The giveaway closes 11.59pm 18th March (UK) - terms and conditions here.


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