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The Secret Life of Words

How English Became English

The Secret Life of Words( )
Author: Hitchings, Henry
ISBN:978-0-312-42856-3
Publication Date:Sep 2009
Publisher:Picador
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $28.00
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ANECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR

The Secret Life of Wordsis a wide-ranging account of the transplanted, stolen, bastardized words we've come to know as the English languag. It's a history of English as a whole, and of the thousands of individual words, from more than 350 foreign tongues, that trickled in gradually over hundreds of years of trade, colonization, and diplomacy. Henry Hitchings narrates the story from the Norman Conquest to the present day, chronicling...
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