The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

Colorful, fast-paced and well-written, this is a well-researched and educational book that is never for a moment dry or boring. Once you’ve read this book, you may never look at language quite the same way again.
-Blog Critics

Synopsis

The world's foremost expert on the English language takes us on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the history of our vernacular through the ages.

In The Story of English in 100 Words, an entertaining history of the world's most ubiquitous language, David Crystal draws on one hundred words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape our vernacular since the first definitively English word—‘roe'—was written down on the femur of a roe deer in the fifth century. Featuring ancient words (‘loaf'), cutting edge terms that relfect our world (‘twittersphere'), indispensible words that shape our tongue (‘and', ‘what'), fanciful words (‘fopdoodle') and even obscene expressions (the "c word"...), David Crystal takes readers on a tour of the winding byways of our language via the rude, the obscure and the downright surprising.

 

About David Crystal

See more books from this Author
DAVID CRYSTAL is the foremost expert on English, and honorary professor of linguistics at Bangor University in Wales. He has written many books and published articles in fields ranging from forensic linguistics and ELT to the liturgy and Shakespeare. In 1995, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to the English language. He lives in the United Kingdom.    
 
Published March 27, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 284 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, History, Travel. Non-fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Story of English in 100 Words
All: 2 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 0

Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Rhetta Akamatsu on Jul 18 2013

Colorful, fast-paced and well-written, this is a well-researched and educational book that is never for a moment dry or boring. Once you’ve read this book, you may never look at language quite the same way again.

Read Full Review of The Story of English in 100 W... | See more reviews from Blog Critics

Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Greg Barbrick on Apr 07 2013

There is plenty of information here, but do not be put off at all by the prospect of it being too scholarly. One of the best things about this book is that it is written for the layman, despite the author’s impressive credentials.

Read Full Review of The Story of English in 100 W... | See more reviews from Blog Critics

Reader Rating for The Story of English in 100 Words
79%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 51 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×