The Story of English in 100 Words

The Story of English in 100 Words

Language & Reference, Language Usage & Writing Guides, Language: History & General Works
Paperback Published on: 05/07/2012
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Synopsis

Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and nonce-words, ancient words ('loaf') to cutting edge ('twittersphere') and spanning the indispensable words that shape our tongue ('and', 'what') to the more fanciful ('fopdoodle'), Crystal takes us along the winding byways of language via the rude, the obscure and the downright surprising.

In this unique new history of the world's most ubiquitous language, linguistics expert David Crystal draws on words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape our vernacular since the first definitively English word was written down in the fifth century ('roe', in case you are wondering).

  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781846684289
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 200g
  • Dimensions: 194 x 126 x 22 mm

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The Story of English in 100 Words
The Story of English in 100 Words
One of the best books I've read in 2012. I've already given away one copy, and lent my second copy to a friend, who has also enjoyed it! If you love langua... READ MORE
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