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Life of Language

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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, business, technology, and other forces of globalization expand and enrich the English language, forming thousands of new words every ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published January 21st 2009 by Random House Reference Publishing (first published July 11th 2006)
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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, business, technology, and other forces of globalization expand and enrich the English language, forming thousands of new words every year.
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Four for good writing, but rated three because, while very interesting, Sol Steinmetz's book does not come off as authoritative. I wouldn't presume to question the academic quality of Steinmetz's work, only that I felt at points that evidence went unexplained when it was needed.
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Semantic Antics: How and Why Words Change Meaning There's a Word for It: The Explosion of the American Language Since 1900 Yiddish & English: The Story of Yiddish in America Random House Webster's Dictionary (The Ballantine Reference Library) The Life of Language: The fascinating ways words are born, live & die

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