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The story of English in 100 words

Author: David Crystal
Publisher: London : Profile, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An eye-opening tour of the English language through the ages from Britain's leading linguistics expert.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Crystal
ISBN: 9781846684272 1846684277 9781250003461 1250003466
OCLC Number: 748644099
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxi, 260 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Roe --
the first word (5th century) --
2. Lea --
naming places (8th century) --
3. And --
an early abbreviation (8th century) --
4. Loaf --
an unexpected origin (9th century) --
5. Out --
changing grammar (9th century) --
6. Street --
a Latin loan (9th century) --
7. Mead --
a window into history (9th century) --
8. Merry --
a dialect survivor (9th century) --
9. Riddle --
playing with language (10th century) --
10. What --
an early exclamation (10th century) --
11. Bone-house --
a word-painting (10th century) --
12. Brock --
a Celtic arrival (10th century) --
13. English --
the language named (10th century) --
14. Bridegroom --
a popular etymology (11th century) --
15. Arse --
an impolite word (11th century) --
16. Swain --
a poetic expression (12th century) --
17. Pork --
an elegant word (13th century) --
18. Chattels --
a legal word (13th century) --
19. Dame --
a form of address (13th century) --
20. Skirt --
a word doublet (13th century).
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Offers an eye-opening tour of the English language through the ages. In this history of the world's ubiquitous language, this title draws on words that illustrate the huge variety of sources,  Read more...

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"The best word book to come down the pike in many a moon. There are "Eureka!" moments in every chapter. An ingenious idea, and only David Crystal could have pulled it off. He's a marvel (but then we Read more...

 
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