- Gebundene Ausgabe: 244 Seiten
- Verlag: John Wiley & Sons (17. Juni 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1846682983
- ISBN-13: 978-1846682988
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,4 x 2 x 18,8 cm
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Book of Isms: From Abolitionism to Zoroastrianism (Economist) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 17. Juni 2010
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What is an "ism?" The etymologists, harking back – via medieval French and Latin – to Greek words that end in "ismos," will say those three letters are a convenient suffix: add them to a noun or adjective, or to the stem of a verb, and, to the delight of the philologists, you add meaning, distinction and nuance. Terror becomes terrorism; global becomes globalism; baptise becomes baptism. For Messrs Reagan, Thatcher and Marx, their "isms" define their political and economic ideologies, but inventive types will add "ism" to all manner of words – a "Bushism," for example, for any of the many malapropisms uttered by America's 43rd president.
For those who want to be on top of their "isms," here is an illuminating and witty guide to more than 400.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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If read in sequence, it provides short, well written discussions of a broad spectrum of topics and as such is extremely interesting and educational. Otherwise, it may of course be used as a reference.
The work appears very rigorous overall and the reader should not be distressed by two unfortunate mistakes that occur in the Preface and on page 1: Margaret Thatcher is introduced with two gentlemen as Messrs. (which is strictly masculine) and 1678 is misprinted in the very first entry as 1878.
This book is definitely a worthwhile investment in both time and money.
This book aims to give extended yet compact explanations of the definitions of words that end in -isms. It does so with varying success.
Here is my thesis: the more you care about a given ism, the less you will like the explanations in the book. The entries are long compared to a dictionary, but short compared to an encyclopedia. Personally, I found entries in areas that I have detailed knowledge of to be too short, and in some cases inaccurate. This applies to many of the entries on Christianity, and some on economics.
Aside from that I found that it was less than consistent to add in isms that were not belief structures. In that were a variety of diseases, and words like prisms and schisms. Also there were behaviors, like Bushisms and Spoonerisms. I would have stuck to belief structures, and expanded them. A brief volume focused on comparative religion and philosophy would have been more valuable.
Then there are the accidents of spelling: Cataclysms and Paroxysms. Why don't they get into the book, if prisms and schisms can get in?
I did not find this to be a book that one can sit down and read. It is worthy for reference to understand the basics of an ism.
If you want to buy the book, you can buy it here: The Economist Book of isms: From Abolitionism to Zoroastrianism
Who would benefit from this book
This book impresses me as a good book to give to someone that you're not sure what he would like. Even new, the book is modestly priced, interesting, and doesn't poke anyone in the eye, at least too hard. The book is small at ~240 pages, and 4X6'. It would make an excellent small gift for those for which you have no idea what to get.