Weeds in the Garden of Words: Further Observations on the Tangled History of the English Language

Weeds in the Garden of Words: Further Observations on the Tangled History of the English Language

by Kate Burridge
     
 

If the English language is a glorious garden, filled with exotic hybrids and the continuing tradition of heritage specimens, then it is no surprise that we will also find some weeds. Linguistic weeds may have pronunciations we don't want or constructions that are out of place. We may be trying to hold on to words and usage we should perhaps have said farewell to. But… See more details below

Overview

If the English language is a glorious garden, filled with exotic hybrids and the continuing tradition of heritage specimens, then it is no surprise that we will also find some weeds. Linguistic weeds may have pronunciations we don't want or constructions that are out of place. We may be trying to hold on to words and usage we should perhaps have said farewell to. But as all gardeners know, what one gardener calls a 'weed', another may call a 'flower'. The some goes for words and their usage in English - sometimes we just haven't realized their virtues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521618236
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the weedy traits of the English language1
Our lexical weeds : the world of jargon, slang and euphemism14
More lexical weeds : word origins and meaning shifts49
Our grammatical weeds84
Weeds in our sounds and spelling120
The truly nasty weeds of the English language?165
W(h)ither our weeds?182

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