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enormous fun for anyone interested in words.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Chronology of Words and Phrases: A Thousand Years in the History of English (Paperback)
This book takes an approach to word origins that I have never come across before. It starts with the historical event - from the Norman Conquest to the invention of the worldwide web - and shows how the event introduced words and phrases into English. Did you know that Anglo-Saxon castles had no dungeons and no belfries? So when the Normans came and built castles with dungeons and belfries, there were no English words for them. And to this day we use the Norman words. And there is the same sort of thing about the invention of the umbrella, the first clock, the first panorama ... it all adds up to the most fascinating dip-into words book I have read in a long time.
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