As the World Wide Web becomes more and more prevalent, as language is shared among nations and people, it is blending and changing the words we use, the lexicon is altering. In addition, American English has always been a fluid language that adopts the words of its many varied people as they join our culture. So it is becoming imperative to the history of language to study and keep record of these changes.
Robbin Knapp has done just this with his book German English Words. In a readable format he has chosen to explore 300 words that have made their way from German into American English use. Each word includes the meaning in German, its meaning in English and then the fun begins. He has researched the use of each word and included many actual quotes using the words. The quotes are fascinating as he uses such a variety of sources from books to magazines to current TV shows. The alphabetical format, with chosen words in bold italic, make this an easy book to read in small, relaxing sittings but also makes it hard to put down. Each word creates a curiosity in the reader to see which word Knapp chooses to investigate next.
By selecting a variety of words such as common ones (hamster, hamburger),specific terms such as (rinderpest-cattle disease) with surprises such as "Pez." Knapp has written a book for both the serious linguist, the hobbyist and the everyday reader to equally enjoy.