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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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806528588
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
05/01/2009
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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