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The Language Report by Susie Dent

The Language Report (edition 2003)

by Susie Dent

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Title:The Language Report
Authors:Susie Dent
Info:Oxford University Press, USA (2003), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 160 pages
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First published in 2003, Susie Dent's book is both a short history of the assimilation of new words in to the English language, and a snapshot of current usage.

The author covers the 20th century in her look at the new words accepted into English usage (so, for example, "telephone-box" came into the language in 1903, "blog" in 1999) and also some of the language forms, like acronyms, which have become the source of many new and current words and expressions like "3G" (or, now, 4G and 5G), and text speak ("CWOT", "STR8" and "YMMV").

There are interesting sections on politics, sport and global variants of English (Carribean, South African, etc) and the whole is held together well with short, information-rich chapters on many other aspects of language, from words in the news to rhyming slang in the 2000's. Al Pacino, anyone?

One or two proof-reading errors in the edition I read niggled me, but overall this is a worthwhile attempt to lassoo English usage at the beginning of the 21st century and, briefly, slow it down enough for the author to observe it and show it to us. ( )
  SunnyJim | Mar 12, 2017 |
While this is certainly an entertaining book for anyone who loves language, I can't recommend it as a reference: for many words and expressions with which I am familiar, Ms. Dent just doesn't seem to have done her homework, so I have to question the accuracy of the rest. For example, she defines "selecta" as "a late 1990s dance music term originally meaning a DJ". Anyone with even a passing interest in Ska ought to know that the term "selector" or "selecter" goes back much farther than that! (Nor is it synonymous with "DJ" in that context.) Similarly, she appears to be under the impression that the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer coined the expression "five by five"; but, of course, it's a ham radio term that means a strong and clear signal, and has certainly been used to mean "great" or "perfect" long before the television show used it. And let's not even get started on the chapter title "Plain Cyberspeaking"...

Still, if you find this book as cheap as I did, it's fun and worth a few bucks.

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  szarka | Oct 7, 2005 |
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The Language Report (2003; ISBN 0198608608) is the first of Susie Dent's "language report" series. It is not the same as Larpers and Shroomers: The Language Report (2004) or Fanboys and Overdogs: The Language Report (2005). It is definitely not the same as The like, Language Report for real (2006; ISBN 0199207666) even though that is also listed as The Language Report, or The Language Report: English on the Move 2000–2007 (2007).
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Infinitely browsable and completely up to date, The Language Report is a collection of topical and fascinating facts and observations on today's spoken and written English.
Backed by the largest language research program in the world at Oxford University Press, this new book presents an up-to-the-minute snapshot of English language today: tracking the latest new words to have entered its usage; investigating old words revived by current events in, for example, the worlds of politics and pop; and examining the most recent trends of language development.
This intriguing survey covers language issues reported by the media in recent times, including memorable quotations and sayings of the year; nicknames in the news; new venues for language, such as Internet chatrooms; and controversial developments in usage and grammar. It also analyzes English around the world, uncovering the latest words and phrases to enter our vocabulary; and explores what new words were hundreds of years ago, and how they've developed or disappeared. An ideal reference for all word lovers, this new book offers a fascinating tour of the English language today.

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This is a collection of some of the most intriguing facts and observations on spoken and written English today. Using the extensive language resources at Oxford University Press, it investigates the latest words to have entered English usage and examines trends in grammar.… (more)

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