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A Million Words and Counting: How Global English is Rewriting the World
     

A Million Words and Counting: How Global English is Rewriting the World

by Paul J.J. Payack
 

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From Babel to Babble . . . Everyone is Speaking English

In 2007, the English language passed the million-word mark. That shouldn't come as a surprise since over a billion Earthlings speak English (no one knows about other planets, but they probably speak it, too). That makes for a lot of word-coiners (neologists) out there. And where are all

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From Babel to Babble . . . Everyone is Speaking English

In 2007, the English language passed the million-word mark. That shouldn't come as a surprise since over a billion Earthlings speak English (no one knows about other planets, but they probably speak it, too). That makes for a lot of word-coiners (neologists) out there. And where are all these new words coming from? Hollywood? Technology? The Internet? Corporate boardrooms? Youthspeak? How do world events—from tsunamis and hurricanes to political doublespeak and presidential linguistic bumbling—influence the words we use on a daily basis? What do e-mails, text messages, and emoticons contribute to the language?

Let WordMan Paul J.J. Payack take you on a global tour of English-speaking worlds—virtual and otherwise:

  • From India, Singapore, and China, to Australia, the U.S. and the U.K.

  • From film, television, fashion, music, politics, sports, games, business, technology and science

  • From TV junkies, fashionistas and sports fans, to amateur historians and linguists

  • And from every other source that contributes to the global tapestry of English

Get ready for a whirlwind tour of our increasingly global culture and how it becomes that way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806528571
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.82(d)

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