How to Tell a Turtle from a Tortoise Philip B. Mortenson

ISBN: 9780760790021

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Hardcover

272 pages


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How to Tell a Turtle from a Tortoise  by  Philip B. Mortenson

How to Tell a Turtle from a Tortoise by Philip B. Mortenson
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SynopsisIts the perennial Thanksgiving debate: are these yams or sweet potatoes that were eating? WaitIs there a difference? How to Tell a Turtle from a Tortoise settles this dispute once and for all and clarifies the meaning of a host of otherMoreSynopsisIts the perennial Thanksgiving debate: are these yams or sweet potatoes that were eating?

WaitIs there a difference? How to Tell a Turtle from a Tortoise settles this dispute once and for all and clarifies the meaning of a host of other animal and plant terms that we frequently use but are sometimes confused about. Ranging over 240 frequently misused monikers, author Philip B. Mortenson clarifies the distinctions between the seemingly relatedyet crucially differentsuch as frogs and toads or crocodiles and alligators, and also alerts us to terms, such as camel and dromedary or crayfish and crawfish, which really are different words for the same thing.The book isnt merely a glossary of commonly misapplied words, however.

Filled with fascinating facts about the world, as well as the language we use to describe it, Mortenson narrates the often quirky linguistic history of these troublesome terms and gives us the current scientific consensus on their proper use.

Here you will find plenty of curious and amusing tidbits, such as the fact that in Italy scampi is a word for lobster, but in the U.S. the term denotes a popular dish of shrimp cooked in garlic and butter. In addition, we discover that rice is technically a fruit and that hares and rabbits are not rodents, as many people think.Extensively researched and documented, How to Tell a Turtle from a Tortoise is an entertaining and highly useful reference for language lovers, nature buffs, or simply anyone who insists on getting accurateinformation.BiographyPhilip B.

Mortenson studied the philosophy of science at the University of Minnesota. How to Tell a Turtle from a Tortoise is his first book.



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