The Story of English in 100 Words

David Crystal

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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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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.

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The Story of English in 100 Words
David Crystal

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
March 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250024206
ISBN10: 125002420X
4 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches, 288 pages, Includes 15 b&w illustrations throughout
$16.00

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
March 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250003461
ISBN10: 1250003466
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages, Includes 15 b&w illustrations throughout
$22.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
March 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466805088
ISBN10: 1466805080
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages, Includes 15 b&w illustrations throughout
$9.99
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