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Quid Pro Quo: What the Romans Really Gave the English Language Paperback – 1 Jun 2017
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What did the Romans ever do for us? Well, besides the sanitation, the roads, etc, they left us Latin, and in this wonderfully informative survey, Peter Jones guides us through the ways in which their language has percolated through our own. Jones wears his learning lightly and there's an arresting insight or a fascinating historical anecdote on every page. * Mail on Sunday * Wonderfully enteratining * Spectator *
A surprising, witty and entertaining journey through the Latin roots of the English language, by the bestselling author of Veni Vidi Vici and Eureka!See all Product description
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on 25 September 2017
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
An excellent and entertaining book.. Peter Jone explains the Latin derivation of many English words (often originating in Classical Greek).On the way he explains the Roman (and Greek) cultural background to the words. An easy but satisfying read.
on 21 December 2016
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
'Quid Pro Quo' is Peter Jones' tour through some of the vocabulary which Latin and Greek have given to the English language. This is by no means a dry work, Jones is an entertaining writer regaling us with the stories behind the often surprising origins of words (and no, 'salary' does NOT derive from Roman soldiers being paid in salt - this is nonsense from Pliny the Elder attempting to retrospectively create an etymology - a favourite pastime of many writers of antiquity - for 'salarium'). It will be accessible to those with no prior knowledge of either language, and hopefully will encourage more people towards a study of the classics - and Jones ends with a short epilogue with such a plea. There's the occasional inaccuracy (e.g. Jones, as a classicist, perhaps really ought to know that Pompeii was still majority Oscan speaking rather than fully or even mostly Latin at the time of its destruction) but it doesn't really put much of a dent into this book.
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Latin still lives
on 12 November 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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entertaining book. the author has a good approach in providing the influence latin has on our present day English