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History in English Words


This title provides a classic historical excursion through the English language.

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Overall customer rating: 5.000


by kbaier on Mar 20, 2007

A beginners guide to etymology. It reads easily, while remaining informative. The book is really a journey of how the English language was born and how it continued to grow and be influenced. Barfield does this masterfully by drawing familiar words from various periods and showing how the were once used and the process of their evolution. He also points out words that throve and more interestingly the words that died. I recommend this to anyone who has even the slightest interest in English words and their meaning.

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