The Life of Language: The fascinating ways words are born, live & die

The Life of Language: The fascinating ways words are born, live & die

by Sol Steinmetz (Author), Barbara Ann Kipfer (Author)
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If time travelers from the nineteenth century dropped in on us, our strange vocabulary would shock them just as much as our TVs, cars, and computers. Society changes, and so does its word stock. The Life of Language reveals how pop culture, business, technology, and other forces of globalization expand and enrich the English language, forming thousands of new words every year. In this fascinating and jargon-free guide, lexicographers Kipfer and Steinmetz reconstruct the births of thousands of words, including infantries, poz, mobs, Soho, dinks, choo choos, frankenfoods, LOL, narcs and perps.

· A word lover’s guide to etymology, written in a fun, informal, and accessible style
· An excellent resource for vocabulary building; a word's root helps readers understand its meaning
· Beautifully packaged paperback with French flaps


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Format
EPUB
Protection
DRM Protected
Publication date
January 11, 2012
Publisher
Page count
400
ISBN
9780307496461
Paper ISBN
9780375721137
File size
2.1 MB
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