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The Story of English in 100 Words The World S Foremost Expert On The English Language Takes Us On An Entertaining And Eye Opening Tour Of The History Of Our Vernacular Through The AgesIn This Entertaining History Of The World S Most Ubiquitous Language, David Crystal Draws On One Hundred Words That Best Illustrate The Huge Variety Of Sources, Influences And Events That Have Helped To Shape Our Vernacular Since The First Definitively English Word Roe Was Written Down On The Femur Of A Roe Deer In The Fifth CenturyFeaturing Ancient Words Loaf , Cutting Edge Terms That Relfect Our World Twittersphere , Indispensible Words That Shape Our Tongue And , What , Fanciful Words Fopdoodle And Even Obscene Expressions The C Word , David Crystal Takes Readers On A Tour Of The Winding Byways Of Our Language Via The Rude, The Obscure And The Downright Surprising

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  • Hardcover
  • 260 pages
  • The Story of English in 100 Words
  • David Crystal
  • English
  • 17 March 2019
  • 9781250003461

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  1. says:

    I m on a linguistics kick at the moment They make very pleasant audiobooks not to mention that it is extremely difficult to write about The Great Vowel Shift and convey it s meaning in print This book is fairly light, I enjoyed it partly because of the narrator the author who has a North Wales accent I m from South Wales.Unlike the first book of this linguistics kick I read, The Secret Life of Words English Words and Their Origins by Prof Anne Curzan who said she blushed when saying cock in a lecture even though it had two meanings, David Crystal is quite happy to discuss the word cunt, without resorting to Curzan s c word There was a lane in London called by the apparently not uncommon name Gropecunt Lane A road frequented by prostitutes These lanes have now been renamed Grope Lane The village I grew up in had only two roads, one of them was called Cowshit Lane the cows passed up there from the meadows to the farm which had been there since medieval times Now the fields and farm have gone and there are houses and a school, it is called Cowshed Lane How disappointing.This book doesn t have the weight of Prof Seth Lerer s The History of the English Language nor quite the entertainment value of the wonderful Prof John McWhorter s Language A to Z which, despite being a Great Course, could pass as intellectual stand up comedy Nevertheless, this book was very enjoyable and interesting.Now on to something a bit heavier Proto Indo European roots maybe


  2. says:

    I thought hello, let s use the 100 words to review this wee book, sort of like the well known sentence the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog which uses all the letters in the alphabet It seemed mega doable, it could be so cute, but it very quickly it became a royal pain in the arse I dilly dallied, I couldn t get going I stared out my window for inspiration There were no UFOs again I read the blurb on a shiny new paperback and thumbed through the ever boring Sherwood Gazette For the purposes of this review it would be handy if there was a bone house on my street but you don t get those in residential areas Or an ink horn on my desk But no, I threw away my last ink horn in 1921 And there are very few skunks in Nottingham, y all, except for the kind you smoke So I got fed up with the whole idea and started a Sudoku riddle I got the munchies even though it was past brunch and hours until lunch I thought I d phone for a take away That would be dinkum, better than a trek to Tescos Now, what could I have, hmm loin of pork with caramelised potato Egg fu yung Escalope of brock Medallion of muggle But I remembered I had no money on me so I just had a vanilla yogurt and a cup of tea I needed to chillax ugh, what a word, no I didn t, this whole stupid review idea was a lot of fopdoodle how, for instance, was I going to shoehorn a merry bridegroom with an undeaf bodgery in his pocket in without descending into bloody ridiculous contrivance I was trying to keep it real and not have the thing sound like a page out of a Murakami novel I lost interest in the whole thing which may I say did not make me disinterested the terminal confusion between UNinterest and DISinterest gets my shibboleth, and all that jazz OK, that just makes me another fool trying to prevent the necessary change which English goes through all the time Grammar morphs, Americanisms and dialect insinuate, and the speech craft of the crazy kids in those webzine doobries whose neologisms edit polite speech on a daily basis show that evolution of language ain t stopping for me nor anyone else, even though some things set my teeth on edge like those nasty PC linguistic contortions they try to foist upon us We owe a debt to the entire gaggle of past rule disregarders Willie Shakespeare being a major dude in this regard I switched the tv on idly, channel hopping The music channel was some veejay schmoozing a garage band called The Strine Mipelas they were terrible The SF Movie channel was offering The Matrix , Species, and I Robot I d seen them all Over on the news channel a dame in a taffeta skirt what do I know gave me the information that another banker had been given a billion dollar bonus instead of a jail sentence I note the top three top three executives at Barclays resigned in the past five days can bankers reps sink any lower When you listen to these creeps you just get a riddle wrapped in the doublespeak of a wicked dragsman They thought Nixon and his little Watergate pals were the nadir of Western corruption at the time but this latest crew if the law ever does catch up with them they ll all claim they have early onset Alzheimer s and they ll skate Do you think some people are born with unslakeable greed in their DNA Seems to me that life used to be a lot pleasanter back in those olden days a swain would ride a roe over a lea to see his valentine, quaff some mead and never have to worry about being unfriended in the Twittersphere Their chattels were few, their hearts correspondingly lighter They didn t know a killer app from a loaf of bread and to them cherry picking meant picking cherries lol And try explaining the concept of having to bagonise to a swain oh you haven t heard of that either It s a made up word which won a competition on a radio show organised by David Crystal it refers to those anxious moments when you re waiting for your luggage at the airport carousel Quite cute, but no one will actually say I had to bagonise for 45 minutes then finally saw my holdall and thought Gotcha A bit silly really.Enough of this blathering I love this geeky book and I think you will too there are a lakhsworth of fascinating factlets on every page David Crystal s elevator certainly goes to the top of his high rise, if you get my drift I was thinking that they d have to invent another ology just for this sort of book, but they already did etymology Anyway, it was grand.


  3. says:

    Entertaining and light history of the English language in a listicle format Crystal states upfront that these are his choice of 100 words, not THE 100 words, and I liked his open approach throughout the book He isn t stodgy and dogmatic, he enjoys the evolution of the language and doesn t denigrate textspeak, instead showing that these shifts have happened dozens of times over the centuries He moves through the book chronologically, working through Old English to modern slang He makes a special point to show the geographical variations of English, including British his birthplace , Australian, American, South African, and even includes pidgin English his words not sure if this is the technical term clearly stating that many of these languages are evolving so much that there is a case for English as a family of languages This is surely the case of English in the Caribbean unfortunately he didn t cover any words from these regions although it is so rich with examples of English varieties I d love to read a book on that Alas, he limited himself in 100 words, so I know that there was so much he could have said It was a fun book, and one I would recommend to language lovers and trivia buffs there are some great stories here


  4. says:

    Enjoyable little book about the history of the English language and all of its many sources An incredibly informative work for those who enjoy reading about the origin of words, and all those crazy little stories that have turned our language into what it is today.As an added bonus, you suddenly have an infinite supply of little factoids to throw out about the history of various parts of English these may count as spoilers In legal contracts, there are very commonly phrases with two words that mean the same thing, like fit and proper or will and testament or cease and desist or null and void This was due to a transition eight hundred years ago, when lawyers in England started switching from Latin or French to English in their contracts Unsure if the Latin or French word meant the exact same as the English counterpart, and unwilling to leave it up to a court, they just used both words and we have ever since You often hear about all of those collection words that are often humorous a gaggle of geese , a muster of peacocks , a sentence of judges It turns out that most of these were probably invented by the prioress of the Sopwell nunnery in the late 15th century, and were included in The Book of St Albans, one of the first printed English books Often times, when there are multiple words in English that mean the same thing or nearly so , it s because they originated from different sources So, we have ask Germanic , question French , interrogate Latin Fire Germanic , Flame French , Conflagration Latin There are many examples of such triplets, and generally, any differences in meaning were introduced later, well after the words were standard English Sometimes it s not the words that come from different languages, but the spelling Music has been spelled over forty different ways in the last six hundred years from musiqe and musycque and moosic to mewsycke and misic and mwsick not really sure how to even pronounce that last one If all this weren t complicated enough, in the 16th and 17th century, the English obsession with Greek and Roman times led to the Latinization of many common older words Ever wonder why there s a b in Debt It was spelled det or dett until this happened Same with the b in Subtle, the l in Fault, and the p in Receipt, among plenty .Isn t English fun


  5. says:

    I definitely now know a lot of stuff that no one would want to hear in typical conversation.


  6. says:

    I wonder whether it was the format of the book that didn t quite gel with me but whilst I found the beginning quite interesting with words such as and or loaf I eventually tired of this sheer endless word listing Perhaps this kind of approach is better suited to reading.I also find Crystal s insistence on talking about, and in fact using the word, netspeak strange but I m willing to give him the benefit of doubt since it may actually get used in the UK I ve certainly never heard anyone speak of netspeak including linguists in Australia and yes, I m aware of Crystal s book Language and the internet , I read it years ago.Overall, it s a mildly entertaining, albeit personal as Crystal readily admits , collection of words, illuminating the history of the English language Some items were fascinating than others eg twittersphere was pretty unspectacular but it should be fairly accessible for anyone with an interest in languages.What I must say about the audio version is though that I appreciated Crystal s pronunciation of various lexical items, especially Old English ones, bringing them to life with his expert pronunciation, AND his attempts at a range of accent quite impressed with the Australian and South African ones.Kind of enjoyable but a little dry at times, bordering on boring 2.5 stars.


  7. says:

    I found this book highly entertaining, curiosity satisfying, full of surprises, clever and kind Exactly how I order my reading Sending it directly to my shelve of favorites and ordering one book will be my third of David Crystal from my local library Too bad there is no books of his in audio format there it takes me forever to go through a paper one.


  8. says:

    David Crystal d rfte neben John McWorther wohl einer der bekanntesten englischen Linguisten sein In unterhaltsamer Art und Weise wird hier die diachrone Linguistic mit modernen Beispielen durchexerziert und auch nebenbei noch die synchrone englische Linguistik abgehandelt Besonders die wordbuilding rules haben es ihm angetan Einige der Texte kann man sicherlich gut im Unterricht einsetzen und die SuS die Regeln selber formulieren lassen anhand der Beispiele und sie anschlie end Kreativ neue W rter generieren lassen, anhand dieser Regeln.Interessant fand ich auch, dass muggle kein neues Wort ist, sondern eigentlich aus dem 13 Jhdt stammt und die Bedeutung fish like tail oder im 17 Jhdt sweetheart bedeutete Im amerikanischen street slang stand das Wort eine Weile lang f r Marijuana und Marijuana addictes were mugglers Mug hatte anscheinend auch mal die bedeutung doolish or incompetent person.Das Buch behandelt auch einige Schimpfworte Will man mal was interessantes im Unterricht machen, wie b se, b se Worte, hat man hier sch n linguistisch aufgearbeitete Kapitel, die auch die unterschiedliche Verwendung in UK US und Australien vergleicht.Das H rbuch wird von David Crystal selbst gelesen Er ist ein wunderbarer Vorleser, was man von einem Linguistikprofessor, dessen Sohn Shakespeareschauspieler ist, auch erwarten kann.Einige der Beispiele kamen mir extrem bekannt vor aus den Vorlesungen Entweder sind es Klassiker, oder mein Prof hatte sie aus diesem Buch.Fazit Sehr unterhaltsame Einf hrung in die diachrone und synchrone Linguistik Teilweise Oberstufentauglich.


  9. says:

    OK it was a bit of a system shock after reading The Etymologicon A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language to read a similar book with no comedy mileage, but once you get over that, this book is as cleverly planned and incredibly informative The author has taken a series of words, each of which represents a development in the English language, such as the introduction of words from a particular source, through ways of manipulating existing words to create others and the word melding which modern business and the Internet have produced There are surprises along the way I always saw gaol as less English than jail, for example and, as with the Etymologicon, you won t absorb everything in one reading The easy going style means it won t be a problem dipping into it again, so that s not really a problem.


  10. says:

    I really enjoyed this book, learned the first English word and Bill and Ted even gotten a section under the word dude My favorite of the 100 words was fopdoodle, fop a fool, doodle a simpleton thus fopdoodle was a fool twice Luckily the author was only a fopdoodle once that I caught when he credited Thomas Edison for the invention of the telephone instead of Alexander G Bell But it s a book about words not inventions.

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