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Words Words Words [Kindle Edition]

David Crystal

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From Publishers Weekly

The latest contribution from prolific linguist Crystal (The Stories of English) offers a cornucopia of interesting takes on "the universe of words." Crystal briefly visits many aspects of language: baby names, place names, how languages change, how to estimate the size of your vocabulary and the interaction between languages. He also touches on the history of words and how language changes with interesting, straightforward explanations that belie the author's enormous knowledge of lexicology, but represent well his intense, personal love for it: "Everyone has their own linguistic story to tell ... this book is part of my story, a cross-section of my lexical autobiography." Witty literary references are sprinkled throughout the book, along with some surprisingly vulgar sections; even the table of contents and the index are fascinating linguistic exercises. Conversational but easy to reference, this text will be useful to any semi-serious practitioner of the English language.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

In 33 chapters, prolific professor Crystal celebrates words, covering their form, meaning, and evolution. Arguing that we are all, in fact, wordsmiths, Crystal makes his point by noting that their own vocabularies are far larger than most people realize. Although most people would guess that they use from 5,000 to 20,000 words, it is unusual to find anyone with an active vocabulary of less than 35,000 words, according to Crystal. He goes on to describe how we learn new words, the creation of dictionaries, the origins of words, and the borrowings from foreign languages (more than 350) that form part of the modern English vocabulary. Other chapters cover spelling, pronunciation, dialect, slang, and word games and wordplay. A final section, "Becoming a Word Detective," is a collection of online and print sources on etymology, among other topics. Crystal covers a lot of ground in short, well-paced chapters that never fail to offer something for word lovers--a 2004 survey, for example, found that mother topped the list of the most beautiful words in the English language. Joanne Wilkinson
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining and Inspiring 7. März 2008
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PERFECTLY written by an author who knows the language upside down. Crystal takes seemingly boring topics such as etymology, lexicology... and makes them interesting, educative, and entertaining. His writing style is appealing and 'simple' such that anybody can read it without being bogged down.
He has subtle advices for wannabe word-detectives, too. You are assured to be entertained from the very first word... you will love it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Almost everything you always wanted to know about words 6. August 2012
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"Words Words Words" was one of the most enjoyable nonfiction books that I've read this year. It's hard to categorize the book, though. In my library, I have a number of books on English grammar, word usage, and writing style. Words³ doesn't fit neatly into any of those categories, and yet, I think it would likely improve anyone's writing by giving them a better understanding of lexicology (the meaning of words) and etymology (the origin of words). But I think non-writers would appreciate the book equally as much. It's a treasure trove of fascinating information about the English language and how it evolved. The writing style is lively enough that the book zips right along from one section to another. Some of the most interesting tidbits in the small volume included why many US and UK English words have different spellings, and a discussion of how political correctness has affected the language.

Kudos to the author, David Crystal, for doing some first rate research and presenting it in a thoroughly enjoyable book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I Know 28. Februar 2010
Von William F. Magrogan - Veröffentlicht auf
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... what's in every book in every library in the world: words!
I found this book quite thought-provoking about how we impose word usage based on our perceived "authority" or influence over those writing or speaking them.
And, why we or "they" deliberately create language that rebels.
Overall, Crystal convinces me that we are all a bit richer for it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Surprise 22. September 2007
Von Laura Oldenburg - Veröffentlicht auf
It was the first time that I have ever read a book by David Crystal. Although I am not an English native speaker I think that Crystal has a straightforward way to write even to those - like me- who are not familiar with language business.
It is a book to read and reread. I recommend.
Laura Oldenburg
Rio de Janeiro- Brazil
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Kindle trouble 5. Mai 2012
Von D. P. C. Ochoa - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is another amazing book by Professor Crystal. Here I have found the answers to many questions that have arisen in my mind while studying English -yes, I confess myself a wordoholic- There is one problem with the Kindle version: the pages are not numbered; which would be insignificant in itself, were it not because of the reference to a certain page in a previous one, which should contain an answer to a question. Otherwise, the work is astounding.
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