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

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What's all the tamasha about global English? What makes it so robust? What accounts for its traction? Is it due to some kind of viral marketing or data migration? Or is English simply the best of breed among the world's many languages?

In the new world, over1.35 billion people now speak English. It's been outsourced to India where 350 million people speak their own variant, Hinglish (fundoo, propone), and to China where 250 ...

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Overview

Spread the Word!

What's all the tamasha about global English? What makes it so robust? What accounts for its traction? Is it due to some kind of viral marketing or data migration? Or is English simply the best of breed among the world's many languages?

In the new world, over1.35 billion people now speak English. It's been outsourced to India where 350 million people speak their own variant, Hinglish (fundoo, propone), and to China where 250 million people speak Chinglish (no noising, drinktea). It gets new words virtually every day from every corner of the world and every facet of human existence—from politics (locavore, punditocracy), entertainment (truthiness, brokeback), youth culture (crunk, word!), corporate culture (multitask, scalable), science and technology (quantum, nanotechnology), and the Internet (blogosphere, ROTFLOL).

In fact, English is expected to reach the one million-word mark this year, according to WordMan Paul J.J. Payack. Join him as he takes you on a whirlwind tour of this truly global language, from the realms of the serious (bandwith, subprime) to the less serious (bootylicious, wikiality). Maybe this journey will inspire you to coin some new words of your own.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780806528588
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul J.J. Payack is a Harvard-educated word maven and founding president of the Global Language Monitor and yourDictionary.com. A well-known commentator and expert on culture and language, he's appeared on the BBC, CNN, NPR, and NBC. He lives with his wife and family in Henderson, Nevada.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 The Million-Word March 1

2 From the Corner of Hollywood and Vine: How Movies and Television Help Shape Global Culture 24

3 The Personal Is Political: How Politics and Current Events Shape Public Dialogue 48

4 Study Abroad: How Foreign Languages and Worldwide English Speakers Are Transforming the English Language 79

5 The Cutting Edge: How Culture Changes the Way We Communicate 92

6 Working Nine to Five: How Corporate Culture Contributes to the Public Vocabulary 110

7 High-Tech English: The Languages of Science and the Internet 127

8 Language by the Numbers: Language Stats 143

9 The Name Game: People, Places and Things 162

10 The Wonder of Language 180

Closing Thoughts: The Future of Global English 197

Index 201

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