Yep, I’m a geek and I find this kind of stuff fascinating.
American Literature from Mark Twain
British Literature from Charles Dickens
It’s interesting that people don’t know or understand where their words come from anymore. When I was in school, we learned many Latin roots, making it far easier to understand medical terms. It also helped immensely when trying to figure out the meaning of a new word. If we knew roots of words, new words were easy to decipher. It’s a shame they don’t teach this anymore as it’s a valuable tool to understand the nuances of the English language.
My favorite alliteration, however, is from V.
Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. [laughs] Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.