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  • The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Anne Curzan
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    From new words such as "bling" and "email" to the role of text messaging and other electronic communications, English is changing all around us. Discover the secrets behind the words in our everyday lexicon with this delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications. Professor Curzan approaches words like an archaeologist, digging below the surface to uncover the story of words, from the humble "she" to such SAT words as "conflagration" and "pedimanous."

    Cassi says: "So interesting and relevant"
    "So interesting and relevant"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins the most enjoyable?

    Professor Curzan was easy to listen to and understand. She spoke fluently and confidently. I loved the word play and history. The consistent referencing meant it was easy to get further information.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins?

    Learning the different meanings and beginnings for words, such as fathom, nice and wife. The history of words just enthralled me. Also Prof Curzan's input to the word of the century - she.


    What about Professor Anne Curzan’s performance did you like?

    She was funny, easy to understand and expressive. She has a way of using her tone of voice to convey her thoughts. This is shown most prominently when discussing the N word.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud many times throughout this lecture series.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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