A History of English in Its Own Words

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In A History of English in Its Own Words, author Craig M. Carver traces the history of more than 750 words in order of their entrance into the English language, thus unfolding the intriguing story of the culture from which the language arose.

Each chapter opens with an overview of the period it covers, but the histories of the individual words give the most insight into the life and times of the language. Peppered with odd anecdotes and historical facts, this book should be a ...

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In A History of English in Its Own Words, author Craig M. Carver traces the history of more than 750 words in order of their entrance into the English language, thus unfolding the intriguing story of the culture from which the language arose.

Each chapter opens with an overview of the period it covers, but the histories of the individual words give the most insight into the life and times of the language. Peppered with odd anecdotes and historical facts, this book should be a great addition to the library of any language lover.

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This is an entertaining as well as informative account of some 750 of the more interesting (and in some cases controversial) etymologies of English words, arranged by chronological groups from Anglo-Saxon times to the 20th century. An index will list the words in alphabetical order. A random check in the OED indicates that Carver, a consultant on the American Heritage Dictionary and Random House Dictionary , knows what he's talking about. Multiple possible etymologies are given in some disputed cases, and copious quotations illustrate the use of the words at different times. While not a substitute for reference purposes of the much larger word hoard in the OED or a good unabridged dictionary, this is an interesting book to read and is recommended, especially for public libraries.-- Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY at Stony Brook
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The paper edition of the volume was reviewed in the October 1991 Reference & Research Book News. Witty anecdotes about 750 English words. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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English is perhaps the richest of the European languages, with a wealth of words deriving from many other tongues. In A History of English in Its Own Words, author Craig M. Carver traces the history of more than 750 words in order of their entrance into the English language, thus unfolding the intriguing story of culture from which the language arose. The words are organized chronologically in six chapters that correspond to broad historical periods in the development of English: Old English (Anglo-Saxon), Middle English (Chaucer), Early Modern English (the Renaissance and Shakespeare), English of the new middle class (the Industrial Revolution and the Victorians), American English, and twentieth-century English. Each chapter opens with an overview of the period it covers, but the histories of the individual words give the most insight into the life and times of the language. Peppered with odd anecdotes and historical facts, the entries explain how particular words were introduced and how their meanings have evolved and changed over time. A History of English in Its Own Words is an entertaining view of the English language and its speakers that will appeal not only to etymologists and philologists, but to anyone curious about the surprising origins of everyday words.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062720337
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/1992
  • Pages: 288

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