am 25. Februar 2013
This is a fun book for people who are interested in language,
written in 100 small chunks, best suited for reading bit by bit,
such as during a morning commute. In discussing 100 words of the
English language, Crystal makes interesting comments on a wide
variety of phenomena related to the words of a language: how
words are coined, how they are borrowed from other languages, how
they are used in various social contexts, how they change their
meanings over time, how they come in and out of fashion. It is
easily accessible for the non-specialist, and an entertaining
read for anyone.
am 12. September 2012
This book strikes just the right balance that is missing from so many of the popular science books: It has just the right amount of information, not so little you find yourself wishing there was more; it's not too wordy and it never becomes boring.
Ultimately most of the stuff will be useless in every day life but it's interesting all the same. So if you're interested in language and its historical development, this book will make for some entertaining and light reading.