Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and nonce-words, ancient word ('loaf') to advanced ('twittersphere') and spanning the indispensable words that shape our tongue ('and', 'what') to the more fanciful...
A humorous, trenchant and fascinating examination of how Western culture's taboo words have evolved over the millennia
Charles Barber; Joan Beal; Philip Shaw
This bestselling text by Charles Barber recounts the history of the English language from its ancestry to the present day.
Gowers, Rebecca; Gowers, Ernest
'Be short, be simple, be human.'
When Sir Ernest Gowers first wrote Plain Words, it was intended simply as a guide to the proper use of English...
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