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DAVID CRYSTAL, is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. In 1995, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to the English language. He lives in the United Kingdom.
A good bedside book, read a chapter and muse on it as you drift off to sleep.
So there is a lot of information in this book, and Crystal's enthusiasm, breadth of knowledge, and ruminations about language are very engaging.
I'd certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys delving into the pleasures of English.
An interesting book, althoug it should have a better layout inside.Published 2 months ago by Nabupolasar Alves Feitosa
The Story of English is a modest work in which the author cherry-picked a few words to try to cast some light on the development of our language. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gerald B. Keane
This is not a history of English. This is not an etymology reference. It's something in between: going through 100 words chosen by the whim of the author, each has its story... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin M. Iga
Very interesting way to look back on the influences on current English words. May make me want something more inclusive when I have time to delve into the subject.Published 3 months ago by V. M. Blais
This book covers the history of the English language in 100 words.
For those who love words and word origins this is a great book. Read more
This is required reading if you are interested in languages, and especially English. In an ingenious way, the author delves into the background of the English language, without... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Margaret Ann Martin
David Crystal's book is a clever overview history of our complex English language. Each entry is intriguing and delightful. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Magrum
What a delightful romp through a thousand years of etymology. If you've got an online etymology dictionary as a favorite/bookmark, you'll love this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Avp