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Word Spy: The Word Lover's Guide to Modern Culture

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Language wears many hats, but its most important job is to help us name or describe what's in the world. Words define us, our actions, even our existence. And just when you think that you have all the words you need, you discover new ones, hear new uses for old ones or see them mutate right before your eyes—a neologism is born.

Those neologisms are actually one of the best
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 17th 2004 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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David
Jul 17, 2007 David rated it it was amazing
Updated to 5 stars, January 7th 2008, for being one of the most consistently interesting and amusing language-related books.


For anyone interested in the evolution of language, in particular, with an interest in tracking new words as they enter into the language, Paul McFedries' Wordspy site is an indispensable resource:

http://www.wordspy.com/index.asp

This "book from the site" is hilarious, informative, and entertaining. I highly recommend it.

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Andrea
Mar 29, 2008 Andrea rated it it was ok
Interesting reading, if you like words (I do). Nothing to chew on, but fun frothy reading for a word nerd.
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Beautiful book about words.
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Mar 26, 2008 Rae rated it liked it
It's about words! New ones. An entertaining website, too.
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