The Story of English in 100 Words

The Story of English in 100 Words

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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).But the use of un- was already well established in the terminology of reversing computer actions, with undo, unerase, ... And in the 19th century, a member of the Society of Friends (the Quakers) could describe a non-member as an unfriend.

Title:The Story of English in 100 Words
Author:David Crystal
Publisher:Profile Books - 2011-10-13


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