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Would you listen to The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins again? Why?
Yes. Tons of information, almost all of which is interesting.
What did you like best about this story?
Incredible scope of topics and word studies.
Have you listened to any of Professor Anne Curzan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No. First one.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Took a month to listen to whole book.
Any additional comments?
I rarely give 5 star reviews to anything. This series is deserving of 5 stars.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins the most enjoyable?
Professor Curzan was easy to listen to and understand. She spoke fluently and confidently. I loved the word play and history. The consistent referencing meant it was easy to get further information.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins?
Learning the different meanings and beginnings for words, such as fathom, nice and wife. The history of words just enthralled me. Also Prof Curzan's input to the word of the century - she.
What about Professor Anne Curzan’s performance did you like?
She was funny, easy to understand and expressive. She has a way of using her tone of voice to convey her thoughts. This is shown most prominently when discussing the N word.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed out loud many times throughout this lecture series.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
Great information and a fascinating lecture. I'm left a lot more aware of the language we use, of the metaphors that among other things shape the way we think of love and arguments, and the rich history of constant change as we seek new ways of expressing ourselves.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
For those of us who lean on the wordy side, this course is a fantastic insight into where some of the words we use daily have originated and how our language evolves. Professor Curzan is an engaging speaker and shares some interesting information - the things we simply don't consider about the language we use every day!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful