The Word Detective: A Life in Words: From Serendipity to Selfie download free [PDF and Ebook] by John Simpson

The Word Detective: A Life in Words: From Serendipity to Selfie download free [PDF and Ebook] by John Simpson year 2017
  • Book name: The Word Detective: A Life in Words: From Serendipity to Selfie
  • Author: John Simpson
  • Release date: 2017/10/10
  • Publisher: LITTLE, BROWN BOOK GROUP
  • Language: English
  • Genre or Collection: Biography
  • ISBN: 9780349141008
  • Rating: 8.82 of 10
  • Votes: 286
  • Review by: Yosef Ogden
  • Review rating: 8.6 of 10
  • Review Date: 2018/10/21
  • Total pages: 384
  • Includes a PDF summary of 40 pages
  • Description or summary of the book: Language is always changing. No one knows where it is going but the best way to future-cast is to look at the past. John Simpson animates for us a tradition of researching and editing, showing us both the technical lexicography needed to understand a word, and the careful poetry needed to construct its definition. He challenges both the idea that dictionaries are definitive, and the notion that language is falling apart. With a sense of humour, an ability to laugh at bureaucracy and an inclination to question the status quo, John Simpson gives life to the colourful characters at the OED and to the English language itself. He splices his stories with entertaining and erudite diversions into the history and origin of words such as 'kangaroo', 'hot-dog' , 'pommie', 'bicycle' , not ignoring those swearwords often classed as 'Anglo-Saxon' ! The book will speak to anyone who uses a dictionary, 'word people' , history lovers, students and parents.
  • Estimated reading time (average reader): 25H36M
  • Other categories, genre or collection: Funny Books & Stories, Memoirs, Lexicography, Historical & Comparative Linguistics, Language: History & General Works
  • Available formats: EPUB, WORD, DOC, PDF, TXT, RB, OEB, DjVu. Compressed in TZ, ZIP, DEB, RAR, ALZ
  • Download servers: FlowCloud, FreakShare, 700 files, Microsoft OneDrive, ADrive, 4Shared, Hotfile, BitShare, Uploaded
  • Format: Paperback
  • Approximate value: 9.81 USD
  • Dimensions: 133x197x26mm
  • Weight: 303g
  • Printed by: Abacus
  • Published in: London, United Kingdom
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