Words Words Words

ISBN-10: 0199210772

ISBN-13: 9780199210770

Edition: 2007

Authors: David Crystal

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"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 BLhow to estimate the size of your vocabulary BLthe functions of jargon BLwhen cliches are necessary BLthe value of slang words ("the chief use of slang/is to show you're one of the gang") BLhow to create your own "semantic field" BLdialect humor BLhow to become a word detective BLhow to keep a record of your child's words BLand 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.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 226
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Preface
The universe of words
Wordsmithery
Wordhoards
Wordgrowth
Wordfields
Wordworks
The origins of words
Wordstarts
Wordlore
Wordloans
Wordbuilding
Wordnaming
The diversity of words
Wordspells
Wordsounds
Wordendings
Wordregions
Wordgangs
Wordworlds
Wordrisks
The evolution of words
Wordbirths
Worddeaths
Wordchanges
Wordfutures
The enjoyment of words
Wordmelodies
Wordplay
Wordgames
Wordmasters
Becoming a word detective
How to find out the history of a word
How to find out about the meaning of names
How to get involved with dictionaries
How to estimate the size of your vocabulary
How to keep a record of your child's words
How to decide whether sounds have meanings
How to get involved with dialects
How to find out more about words
Index of subjects
Index of people
Index of words
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