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Words in time : a social history of the English vocabulary

Author: Geoffrey Hughes
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; New York, NY, USA : B. Blackwell, 1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The word "blurb" derives from a "pulchritudinous young lady" of that fictional name who appeared on a book-cover at the turn of the century. Quarrying the "Oxford English Dictionary" for its  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Hughes
ISBN: 0631158324 9780631158325 0631173218 9780631173212
OCLC Number: 17354298
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction - words and social change; words of conquest and status - the semantic legacy of the middle ages; moneyed words - the growth of capitalism; mobilization of words - printing, the Reformation and the Renaissance; the fourth estate - journalism; advertising - linguistic capitalism and wordsmithing; words and power - democracy and language; ideology and propaganda; conclusion - verbicide and semantic engineering.
Responsibility: Geoffrey Hughes.

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