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Blooming English: Observations on the Roots, Cultivation and Hybrids of the English Language

by Kate Burridge
£19.99   paperback  Cambridge University Press (2004)

Blooming English: Observations on the Roots, Cultivation and Hybrids of the English Language by Kate Burridge English is the most creative, changeable and imaginative of languages. Some words are invented to meet temporary needs and are quickly discarded; others carry meanings hundreds of years old.
 
Language fascinates us, and we spend a lot of time playing with it, creating everything from puns, riddles and secret languages to wonderful prose and poetry. We also worry about it a great deal, looking up and checking words in dictionaries and usage guides, and arguing about definitions.
 
This book celebrates our capacity to play with language, as well as examining the ways we use it; in slang and jargon, swearing, speaking the unspeakable, or concealing unpleasant or inconvenient facts.
 
It is a book for browsing, for finding intriguing snippits about language, history and social customs, and a formidable weapon in world games.

ISBN 13: 9780521548328 | ISBN 10: 0521548322

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