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"Word Spy is a triumph--a joyful romp through language and lingo of our times. Today's readers will love it. Tomorrow's readers will need it. So here's a message to the archaeologists of the future: Please dust off this book and read every page. It is your starting point for deciphering what life was like in the 21st century."
— Daniel H. Pink, author of Free Agent Nation
"Tired of finding dead words embalmed in dusty dictionaries? Word Spy is one of those rare books that captures words live in the wild, complete with up-to-the minute citations and examples of usage. Glurge, metrosexual, toxic bachelor, bozo explosion, flash mob, weapons of mass distraction--they are all here, complete with origin, usage, and great quotations. Like Eric Raymond's New Hacker's Dictionary, Word Spy is living proof that to invent a language is to invent a way of life."
— Richard Dooling, author of White Man's Grave
From the Trade Paperback edition.
|Ch. 1||A Mosaic of New Words||1|
|Ch. 2||The Accelerated Culture||28|
|Ch. 3||Faster Food||44|
|Ch. 4||Modern Angst and Anger||58|
|Ch. 5||Ad Creep||79|
|Ch. 6||Slang Goes Mainstream||100|
|Ch. 7||Living in a Material World||115|
|Ch. 8||Weapons of Mass Destraction||136|
|Ch. 9||Tales of Comfort, Security, and Privacy||162|
|Ch. 10||Slowing Down||169|
|Ch. 11||The New Activism||185|
|Ch. 19||The Political Correctness Wars||206|
|Ch. 20||The Dot-Com Rise and Fall||341|
|Ch. 21||The Art and Science of Politics||359|
|Ch. 22||Fightin' Words||378|