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The Life of Language
Title : The Life of Language
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ISBN : 9780375721137
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400

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 yIf 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


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The Life of Language Reviews

  • Emily

    Four for good writing, but rated three because, while very interesting, Sol Steinmetz's book does not come off as authoritative. I wouldn't presume to question the academic quality of Steinmetz's work, only that I felt at points that evidence went unexplained when it was needed.