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Posted September 21, 2013
if any book deserved to be rediscovered...
Barfield's book was a completely wonderful discovery, and immensely valuable to any lover of words. It is fascinating from cover to cover, both in the larger picture it gives of the history and development of Western culture, philosophy, and language, and in the specific and detailed examples of the meanings of English words. If you ever wanted to know why the verb "to type" is the same word as "type" meaning "kind," or wondered where new words come from, your curiosity will be satisfied. Packed full of facts and literary and philosophical theory, History in English Words is also easy to read and completely understandable. One of the best finds I've made in years.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 20, 2010
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