All In a Word: 100 Delightful Excursions into the Uses and Abuses of Words

All In a Word: 100 Delightful Excursions into the Uses and Abuses of Words

by Vivian Cook
     
 

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Delve into the hidden nature of words:
An irresistible mix of information, curiosity, and fun

Linguist Vivian Cook takes us on a brilliant series of excursions into the history and meaning of words: How do we learn words as a child? How are words born, and why do they die? Why do some never get spoken, and others never written? Each chapter is

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Delve into the hidden nature of words:
An irresistible mix of information, curiosity, and fun

Linguist Vivian Cook takes us on a brilliant series of excursions into the history and meaning of words: How do we learn words as a child? How are words born, and why do they die? Why do some never get spoken, and others never written? Each chapter is charmingly illustrated—and accompanied by a rich assortment of games, lists, puzzles, and quotes. From polite words to crass words, from p-c words to Shakespeare’s words, from food and wine words to jazz and drug words—the book is an exciting exploration into the abundance and variety of words.

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ISBN-13:
9781935554226
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 11.44(h) x 0.27(d)

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