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The Story of English in 100 Words (edition 2012)

by David Crystal

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Title:The Story of English in 100 Words
Authors:David Crystal
Info:St. Martin's Press (2012), Hardcover, 288 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Words, Linguistics, Etymology, Languages

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The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal



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Another fantastic book from David Crystal. You do learn about the history of the language, and the origins of the words are often suprising. ( )
  PhilipKinsella | Jan 30, 2015 |
Quite interesting survey of word origins, well presented. Makes a good bogread. Now there's a word ... ( )
  sloopjonb | May 24, 2014 |
This book was definitely worth writing and listening to. However, the chosen structure, 100 tiny little essays, makes the book unmemorable. Already I have no idea what the first word was or what its associated chapter was about. ( )
  themulhern | Sep 30, 2013 |
I love reading about etymology and the evolution of the English language, so I was predisposed to enjoy this one. The only problem I had was that it didn't feel long enough and I keep wanting each section to go into more depth, but that was a function of the intended structure of the book--briefly studying 100 specific words as representative of entire branches of the language. For what it was, it was both informative and entertaining. ( )
  rrainer | Apr 30, 2013 |
A fun format for a book on language. It doesn't tell me that much that I didn't know, but it was fun to flip through anyway, and it gives the truth behind a couple of myths (like the origins of the word "okay"). Some of it's pretty amusing, too. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
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A distinguished English-language expert demonstrates how the history of English vernacular is reflected in 100 words with sources in key influences and events, from "roe" and "loaf" to "fopdoodle" and "twittersphere."

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