The World of Words: An Illustrated History of Western Languages

The World of Words: An Illustrated History of Western Languages -

Did you know that when you call someone a "pal" you're using a word derived from Romany, the gypsy tongue (phal, or brother)? Or that "cosmonaut" has its origins in ancient Greek? Remnants of the past live on in our words, grammar, and pronunciation. This is the story of language--how it succeeds or fails, and why it develops the way it does. * A ... Read More

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