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- MAY WE BORROW YOUR LANGUAGE? - How English Steals Words From All Over The World
DetailsThe English language that is spoken by one billion people around the world is a linguistic mongrel, its vocabulary a diverse mix resulting from centuries of borrowing from other tongues. From the Celtic languages of pre-Roman Britain to Norman French; from the Vikings' Old Scandinavian to Persian, Sanskrit, Algonquian, Cantonese and Hawaiian amongst a host of others we have enriched our modern language with such words as tulip, slogan, doolally, avocado, moccasin, ketchup and ukulele.May We Borrow Your Language? explores the intriguing and unfamiliar stories behind scores of familiar words that the English language has filched from abroad; in so doing, it also sheds fascinating light on the wider history of the development of the English we speak today. Full of etymological nuggets to intrigue and delight the reader, this is a gift book for word buffs to cherish as cerebrally stimulating as it is more-ishly entertaining.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Philip Gooden writes books about language as well as historical crime novels. The former include Who's Whose? A No-Nonsense Guide to Easily-Confused Words, The Story of English, and (as co-author) Idiomantics and The Word at War.
SKU Code PRK B 3814 Weight in Kg 0.4800 Brand Bookwomb Dispatch Period in Days 3 ISBN No. 9781784977986 Author Name Philip Gooden Publisher Name Head Of Zeus