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The Story of English in 100 Words

By (author) David Crystal
Format: Electronic book text
eBook Format: EPub
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 13th Oct 2011
Dimensions: w 129mm h 198mm
ISBN-10: 1847654592
ISBN-13: 9781847654595
Barcode No: 9781847654595

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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).

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"'Crystal's book is full of distractions and delights' (Daily Express) 'One of [Crystal's] best... it builds gradually into a kind of linguistic tapestry, packed with abstruse information, wonderfully readable' (Spectator) 'If the history of language is a sort of labyrinth, David Crystal is an excellent guide' (The Age, Australia)"