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Joseph Piercy

The Story of English

The Story of English illustrates the compelling history of how the relatively obscure dialects spoken by tribes from what are now Denmark, the Low Countries and northern Germany, became the most widely spoken language in the world, and of how that language evolved during the last two millennia.

Chronologically ordered and divided into six main sections covering pre-Roman and Latin influences, the ascent of Old English, and the succession of Middle English, Early Modern and then Late Modern English to today's global language, this fascinating book also explores such factors as the history of the printing press, the works of Chaucer, the evolution of The American Dictionary of the English Language — commonly known as Webster's — and the magisterial Oxford English Dictionary, to the use of slang in today's speech and the coming of electronic messaging: language for a post-modern world.

The Story of English is a great book for any lover not just of English, but of the history and development of language.
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    Mariahas quoted7 years ago
    Johnson often couldn’t resist putting in his own personal, political and occasionally prejudiced views on the correct definition of certain words:
    EXCISE: A hateful tax levied upon commodities, and adjudged not by the common judges of property, but wretches hired by those to whom excise is paid.
    OATS: A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland appears to support the people.
    MONSIEUR: A term of reproach for a Frenchman.
    TORY: One who adheres to the ancient constitution of the state, and the apostolical hierarchy of the church of England, opposed to a Whig.
    WHIG: The name of a faction. (Johnson was a staunch supporter of the Tory party.)
    Marine Profondehas quoted8 months ago
    For example, the Old Irish Celtic verb ‘biru’ in the first person singular means ‘I carry’.

    biru i uhozhu eheheh

    María Fernanda LLhas quoted3 years ago
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