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It's All in a Word: History, meaning and the sheer joy of words [Hardcover]

Vivian Cook
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17 Sep 2009

Cross words, crass words, kind words, bad words, first words, rude words, new words, weazel words, teen words, rap words, power words, colour words, Indian words, Brit words, Blairwords, war words, ad words, p-c words, borrowed words, Shakespeare's amazing words, false words, fine words, wine words, American words, name words, last words, even lost for words - this book has them all.

Vivian Cook takes us on a series of excursions down the curious byways of word history and meaning, mingling the fare with games, lists, tests, and quotes. Discover the theojollylogical joys of infixation. Find out if you're a charva, what it means to be nithered, and how to hoy. Delve into the hidden nature of words. Consider how they're born, why they change, and how they die. Learn about the words that are never spoken and others that don't get written. Here's a book overflowing with words and about every kind and variety of word. It offers an irresistible cornucopia of information and entertainment.


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (17 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846680069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846680069
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 756,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Delightfully eclectic', 'browsable treat', 'serious study', 'brilliant gift idea', things all said of Vivian Cook's last best-seller, apply equally to his hugely rich and educative new book on the pleasure of words

About the Author

Vivian Cook, author of the bestselling Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary, or Why Can't Anybody Spell, is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Newcastle University. He has written widely on English, linguistics, and writing, and is a well known speaker in many countries including Chile, Japan, Cuba and Canada.

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4.0 out of 5 stars great book 21 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
if you like the spoken word then this book is a must. it a literary masterpiece of interesting facts and words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The sheer joy of this book 30 Oct 2013
By Marcus
Format:Hardcover
I am very surprised and almost elated that the author of this book has managed to convey the
fascinating topic of linguistics in an non patronising non pretentious way for all to enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An informative read 30 Sep 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book as a stocking filler for my brother who lives in Germany and teaches English as a global lanquage to mature students. He is always looking for meanings to the language and this was a huge success.
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