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The Story of English in 100 Words - Community Reviews back

by David Crystal
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Tannat
Tannat rated it 7 years ago
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but what I got was a history of the English language based on 100 words. Crystal explores the origins of each of his 100 words in chronological order based on when they first appear (a few entries are more conceptual e.g. #60 Species is about the species...
halfmanhalfbook
halfmanhalfbook rated it 8 years ago
An interesting collection of words that Crystal thinks defines the English language. Either because they are new, or have been borrowed from all the people that have invaded in the past. If you like language, well worth a read.
Rrain Reads
Rrain Reads rated it 9 years ago
I love reading about etymology and the evolution of the English language, so I was predisposed to enjoy this one. The only problem I had was that it didn't feel long enough and I keep wanting each section to go into more depth, but that was a function of the intended structure of the book--briefly s...
Reading Maketh a Full Man...
Reading Maketh a Full Man... rated it 9 years ago
If you love the interplay of words and researching where they came from, you'd enjoy this book. I know I did!
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