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The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal
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Mar 18, 2012

it was amazing
Recommended for: Writers, pedants, fans of English
Read from March 10 to 18, 2012

This is a book about the depth of language. It is also an enticing chronological etymological selection box. It is not so much 'the story' of English as a random series of insights but it is debatable if a complete story is possible at all. Language, as Wittgenstein suggested, is the city we live in. Crystal's short tours are highly genial and entertaining.

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