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Based on the Oxford Corpus
on 12 June 2012
I have read more than a dozen books about the English language by authors such a David Crystal and Henry Hitchings but this book adds even more information.
It's based on the Oxford Corpus, a database of over two billion words. It shows the most commonly used words. It outlines the origins of words and discusses changes in the spelling and meaning of words. It comments on patterns of words such as 'a sea change' and words that are commonly linked together (the word 'naked' is more often linked with 'eye', than with 'body'). There's a chapter on idiomatic phrases and others on grammar and style.
Well worth buying whether you are a novice or well versed.