The Story of English in 100 Words

Author(s): David Crystal (University College of North Wales Bangor University University College of North Wales, Bangor University College of North Wales, Bangor University of Wales University College of North Wales, Bangor University of Wales University of Wales)

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In this entertaining history world's most ubiquitous language, linguistics expert David Crystal draws on one hundred words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape our vernacular since the word "roe" was written down on the bone ankle of a roe deer in the fifth century. Featuring ancient words ('loaf'), cutting-edge terms that reflect our world ('twittersphere'), indispensable words that shape our tongue ("and," "what"), and more fanciful words ("fopdoodle"), David Crystal takes readers on a tour of the winding byways of our language via the rude, the obscure, and the downright surprising.

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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 knew that already)."--Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman, authors of "Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language", and bloggers at Grammarphobia.com

David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. In 1995, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to the English language. He lives in the United Kingdom.

General Fields

  • : 9781250024206
  • : Picador USA
  • : Picador USA
  • : 0.181
  • : March 2013
  • : 188mm X 117mm X 20mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David Crystal (University College of North Wales Bangor University University College of North Wales, Bangor University College of North Wales, Bangor University of Wales University College of North Wales, Bangor University of Wales University of Wales)
  • : 288
  • : 422
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : illustrations