Charles Earle Funk

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Charles Earle Funk (1881–1957) was an American lexicographer.[1][2][3] He was part of the Funk family who owned the publisher Funk & Wagnalls; Dr. Isaac Funk was his uncle.[4]

Under his own name, he wrote several etymological dictionaries, including Thereby Hangs a Tale: Stories of Curious Word Origins, A Hog On Ice & Other Curious Expressions, Heavens To Betsy & Other Curious Expressions, Horsefeathers and Other Curious Words, and 2107 Curious Word Origins, Sayings & Expressions: From White Elephants to Song & Dance.


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  2. ^ Charles Earle Funk. "Charles Earle Funk". Goodreads. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Charles Earle Funk". Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Look it up: The Funk in 'Funk and Wagnalls' lived here". SI Live. Retrieved 22 April 2016.