by Philip Dodd
Hardcover, 265 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $20 | purchase
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Explores the lives and stories of the people behind everyday eponymous words, including the New Haven baker whose pie tins inspired Wham-O's flying disc, the innovator of the bubbling spa, and a German doctor for whom the g-spot was named.
February 9, 2008 Author Philip Dodd traveled the world to find out how common words like guppy, saxophone and even the Mercedes got their names. The stories he uncovered in The Reverend Guppy's Aquarium are fascinating, funny and sometimes tragic.
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