The Secret Life of Words

By Henry Hitchings | Hardback
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Words are essential to our everyday lives. An average person spends his or her day enveloped in conversations, e-mails, phone calls, text messages, directions, headlines, and more. But how often do we stop to think about the origins of the words we use? Have you ever thought about which words in English have been borrowed from Arabic, Dutch, or Portuguese? Try "admiral," "landscape, "and "marmalade, "just for starters. "The Secret Life of Words "is a wide-ranging account not only of the history of English language and vocabulary, but also of how words witness history, reflect social change, and remind us of our past. Henry Hitchings delves into the insatiable, ever-changing English language and reveals how and why it has absorbed words from more than 350 other languages--many originating from the most unlikely of places, such as "shampoo "from Hindi and "kiosk "from Turkish. From the Norman Conquest to the present day, Hitchings narrates the story of English as a living archive of our human experience. He uncovers the secrets behind everyday words and explores the surprising origins of our most commonplace expressions. "The Secret Life of Words "is a rich, lively celebration of the language and vocabulary that we too often take for granted. 

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FormatHardback 
Pages448 
Dimensions235mm x 167mm x 35mm
PublisherFarrar Straus Giroux 
Release Date16 Sep 2008 
ISBN-139780374254100 

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