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Penelope27

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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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    (53)
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    (48)
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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."

    Janette says: "A wordsmith in her own right."
    "Wish I could get my credit back...."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    College students who need someone to fill their heads.


    Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

    I have several of their courses, but it is getting more difficult for me to discern between the professors.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Anne Curzan?

    No one


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins?

    I would not cut any. I was expecting a neutral lecture on words, but what I received was a P.C. (yes, I typed, P.C.) version of a history of words. There are some nice stories in the beginning of the lecture, but not enough to hold the lecture. I got to the 28th lecture and could go no further, it was that painful for me. I am an older person, so it is difficult for me to listen to someone who is enmeshed in her own world - that being a college campus.


    Any additional comments?

    I would disagree with her analogy of a prostitute/whore with a slut. They are not the same thing.

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