The Secret Life of Words

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Communication is essential to our lives, but how often do we stop to think about where the words we use have come from? Have you ever thought about which words in English have been borrowed from Arabic, French or Dutch? 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, but also of how words witness history, reflect social change and remind us of our turbulent past. Henry Hitchings delves into our promiscuous language and reveals how ...

The Secret Life of Words 2009, John Murray Publishers Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780719564550

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Secret Life of Words 2008, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780374254100

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