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The secret life of words : English words and their origins

Author: Anne Curzan; Teaching Company,
Publisher: Chantilly, VA : The Teaching Co., [2012] ©2012
Series: Great courses (DVD); Great courses (DVD)., Literature & language., Writing.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English
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Presents a survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications.
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Genre/Form: Educational films
Filmed lectures
History
DVD-Video discs
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Curzan; Teaching Company,
ISBN: 1598038931 9781598038934 9781490652719 149065271X
OCLC Number: 819664038
Notes: "36 lectures / 30 minutes per lecture"--Container.
Performer(s): Lecturer: Anne Curzan, University of Michigan.
Description: 6 videodiscs (1080 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (vi, 269 pages ; 19 cm)
Details: DVD format.
Contents: Disc 1. Winning words, banished words ; The life of a word, from birth to death ; The human hands behind dictionaries ; Treasure houses, theft, and traps ; Yarn and clues--New word meanings ; Smog, mob, bling--new words --
Disc 2. "Often" versus "Offen"--pronunciation ; Fighting over zippers ; Opening the early English word-hoard ; Safe and sound--the French invasion ; Magnifical dexterity--Latin and learning ; Chutzpah to pajamas--world borrowings --
Disc 3. The pop/soda/coke divide ; Maths, wombats, and les bluejeans ; Foot and pedestrian--word cousins ; Desultory somersaults--Latin roots ; Analogous prologues--Greek roots ; The tough stuff of English spelling --
Disc 4. The b in Debt--Meddling in spelling ; Of mice, men, and y'all ; I'm good ... or am I well? ; How snuck sneaked in ; Um, well, like, you know ; Wicked cool--the irreverence of slang --
Disc 5. Boy toys and bad eggs--slangy wordplay ; Spinster, bachelor, guy, dude ; Firefighters and freshpersons ; A slam dunk--the language of sports ; Fooling around--the language of love ; Gung ho--the language of war --
Disc 6. Filibustering--the language of politics ; LOL--the language of the Internet ; #$@%!--forbidden words ; Couldn't (or could) care less ; Musquirt and other lexical gaps ; Playing fast and loose with words.
Series Title: Great courses (DVD); Great courses (DVD)., Literature & language., Writing.
Other Titles: English words and their origins
Responsibility: Professor Anne Curzan.

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Presents a survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications.

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