"Drawing on the monumental "Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary," [Crystal] surveys the development of vocabulary relating to 15 different subjects. Word nerds will enjoy dipping into the sections on drunkenness, death and the lavatory." - The Wall Street Journal
"The words historical thesaurus may send children running to the hills, for fear they're likely to be bored to death by some fellow with a monocle. But they also describe the richest reference you've probably never heard of... And now there's [Words in Time and Place] a new book designed to introduce the masses to a treasure the English professors have been hoarding for themselves since it was published in 2009." - Time.com
"The exposition is classic Crystal, spare and charming, so the book will be accessible to a broad audience." --E. L. Battistella, Southern Oregon University, CHOICE
"The exposition is classic Crystal, spare and charming, so the book will be acessible to a broad audience. For this reviewer, the special value of the work is that it encouraged jumping into the HTOED itself, which is endlessly rewarding... Highly recommended." --CHOICE
About the Author
David Crystal is known throughout the world as a writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster on language. He has published extensively on the history and development of English, including The Stories of English (2004), Evolving English (2010), Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language (2010), The Story of English in 100 Words (2011), Spell It Out: The Singular Story of English Spelling (2012), and Wordsmiths and Warriors: The English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain (with Hilary Crystal, 2013).