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Words, Words, Words

Crystal, David, 1941-

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Explores language in its many varieties through words: the very building blocks of our communication. This work invites us to engage linguistically with who we are: to understand what words tell us about where we come from and what we do. It suggests ways that we can look at words anew and get involved with collecting and coining words ourselves.

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Though lacking the high moral stance of Eats Shoots and Leaves, this small volume will also appeal to anyone interested in the origins, use, and peculiarities of English as well as the power and changeability of all language. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Oxford University Press
"Lexicography is not just an exercise in linguistic accounting," writes preeminent English language scholar David Crystal in this exceptionally lively and erudite little book. "It is a voyage of lexical exploration and discovery."
In Words, Words, Words, Crystal takes readers on a fascinating linguistic adventure, exploring the English language in all its oddity, complexity, and ever-changing beauty. Traveling from word origins and word evolution to wordgangs, wordrisks, wordplay, wordgames and beyond, Crystal shares his immense knowledge of, and equally immense delight in, language. He celebrates new words, old words, words that "snarl" and words that "purr," elegant words and taboo words, plain English words and convoluted gobbledegook, eponyms and antonyms, spoonerisms and malapropisms, and a host of other written and spoken forms and variations.
Words, Words, Words offers invaluable insight on such subjects as


·how to estimate the size of your vocabulary


·the functions of jargon


·when clich�s are necessary


·the value of slang words ("the chief use of slang/is to show you're one of the gang")


·how to create your own "semantic field"


·dialect humor


·how to become a word detective


·how to keep a record of your child's words


·and much more!
With illuminating sidebars featuring everything from common word origins and sample definitions from the dictionaries of Samuel Johnson and Ambrose Bierce to a passage from Finnegan's Wake and the winning entries of The Guardian Text Message Poetry Competition, Words, Words, Words will both satisfy and spark the curiosity of anyone who has ever been intrigued, befuddled, or awed by words and myriad ways we use them.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
ISBN: 0198614446
Characteristics: viii, 216 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.

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Aug 21, 2014
  • CATLIN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

David Crystal writes the best language books! Have just finished reading 3rd book by him and enjoyed it as much as the other two! If you are a wordsmith- here's another book to enjoy!

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