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Life of Language Sol Steinmetz

Life of Language

Sol Steinmetz

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ISBN : 9780307496461
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400 pages
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If time travelers from the nineteenth century dropped in on us, our strange vocabulary would shock them just as much as our TVs, cars, and computers. Society changes, and so does its word stock. The Life of Language reveals how pop culture,MoreIf time travelers from the nineteenth century dropped in on us, our strange vocabulary would shock them just as much as our TVs, cars, and computers. Society changes, and so does its word stock. The Life of Language reveals how pop culture, business, technology, and other forces of globalization expand and enrich the English language, forming thousands of new words every year. In this fascinating and jargon-free guide, lexicographers Kipfer and Steinmetz reconstruct the births of thousands of words, including infantries, poz, mobs, Soho, dinks, choo choos, frankenfoods, LOL, narcs and perps.- A word lovers guide to etymology, written in a fun, informal, and accessible style- An excellent resource for vocabulary building- a words root helps readers understand its meaning- Beautifully packaged paperback with French flaps From the Trade Paperback edition.