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Rita V Hutchins

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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."

    Janette says: "A wordsmith in her own right."
    "Boring, intensely disappointed."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A person that is not interested in knowing origins of words, but a very theoretical account of language history. I love to read authors that tells you little stories of how a word was created and developed, and this was not it.


    Has The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I have to tell you that although I love other titles this is the second Great Courses that I cannot listen to the end and find myself thinking I wasted my money.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice is ok, the material was boring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Intense disappointment. I read all Isaac Asimov history books and since then I'm fascinated by the little anecdotes about words, their origins and development. I was very happy to be able to dig more into it and found the rug taken out under my feet.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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