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Words Words Words [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

David Crystal

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6. August 2007
Lexicography is not just an exercise in linguistic accounting, writes preeminent English language scholar David Crystal in this exceptionally lively and erudite little book. "It is a voyage of lexical exploration and discovery". In Words, Words, Words, Crystal takes readers on a fascinating linguistic adventure, exploring the English language in all its oddity, complexity, and ever-changing beauty. Traveling from word origins and word evolution to wordgangs, wordrisks, wordplay, wordgames and beyond, Crystal shares his immense knowledge of, and equally immense delight in, language. He celebrates new words, old words, words that "snarl" and words that "purr", elegant words and taboo words, plain English words and convoluted gobbledegook, eponyms and antonyms, spoonerisms and malapropisms, and a host of other written and spoken forms and variations. Words, Words, Words offers invaluable insight on such subjects as ·how to estimate the size of your vocabulary ·the functions of jargon ·when clichés are necessary ·the value of slang words ("the chief use of slang/is to show you're one of the gang") ·how to create your own "semantic field" ·dialect humor ·how to become a word detective ·how to keep a record of your child's words ·and much more! With illuminating sidebars featuring everything from common word origins and sample definitions from the dictionaries of Samuel Johnson and Ambrose Bierce to a passage from Finnegan's Wake and the winning entries of The Guardian Text Message Poetry Competition, Words, Words, Words will both satisfy and spark the curiosity of anyone who has ever been intrigued, befuddled, or awed by words and myriad ways we use them.


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Witty. The Independent (Review) David Crystal gives us an enjoyable account of where words came from and what happens to them. Writing Magazine


Words, Words, Words is all about the wonder of words. Drawing on a lifetime's experience, David Crystal explores language in all its rich varieties through words: the very building blocks of our communication. Language has no life of its own: it only exists in the mouths and ears, hands, eyes and brains of its users. As we are guided expertly and passionately through the mysteries and delights of word origins, histories, spellings, regional and social variations, taboo words, jargon, and wordplay, the contribution we all play in shaping the linguistic world around us becomes evident. Words, Words, Words is a celebration of what we say and how we say it. It invites us to engage linguistically with who we are: to understand what words tell us about where we come from and what we do. And as they continually shape our lives, it suggests ways that we can look at words anew and get involved with collecting and coining words ourselves.

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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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4.0 von 5 Sternen I Know 28. Februar 2010
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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 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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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Surprise 22. September 2007
Von Laura Oldenburg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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 Amazon.com
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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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