The Story of English in 100 Words

  • by David Crystal
  • Narrated by David Crystal
  • 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this unique new history of the world’s most ubiquitous language, linguistics expert David Crystal draws on words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences, and events that have helped to shape our vernacular since the first definitively English word was written down in the fifth century (‘roe’, in case you are wondering).
Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and nonce-words, ancient words (‘loaf’) to cutting edge (‘twittersphere’) and spanning the indispensable words that shape our tongue (‘and’, ‘what’) to the more fanciful (‘fopdoodle’), Crystal takes us along the winding byways of language via the rude, the obscure and the downright surprising.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-14-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios