The World in So Many Words: A Country-by-country Tour of Words that Have Shaped Our Language
"Biblically speaking, the first paradise was the Garden of Eden. But linguistically speaking, it was a Persian amusement park. Or, more precisely, it was the walled park of a Persian ruler or noble, observed more than two thousand years ago by a young Greek named Xenophon." Allan A. Metcalf shows us paradise and a whole lot more in his whirlwind tour of languages that have made contributions to our own. Starting in Europe, the original home of English, he takes us around the world, country by country, language by language. We see a geyser in Iceland, take a siesta in Spain, and receive justice in Italy. In Africa we feel the warm harmarttan wind, visit an Egyptian oasis, and learn about mysterious voodoo. We travel to northern India, where we seek the elusive goat antelope called the serow; to icy Tibet, where the even more elusive yeti dwells unseen among the rocks; to Tahiti, where we get a tattoo; to Samoa, where we are shown how to cover it up with a lavalava. We encounter buccaneers from Brazil and Paraguay, caciques from Guyana and Surinam, bunyips from Australia, and zombies from Congo. As experienced on Metcalf's tour, the English language is more wonderful and exotic than you've ever imagined -- a truly multicultural language for a multicultural world.
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Metcalf, professor of English at MacMurray College and executive secretary of the American Dialect Society, traces words from all over the world right to our back door. Many traveled from their native land directly to America, adopted unchanged--words such as robot (from a Czech short story) or chocolate (from the Mexican drink). But often words took complicated journeys through many different languages, and Metcalf charts their ancestry in a family tree that comes directly (or not so directly) from the Tower of Babel--words such as heathen (from Bulgaria by way of an early Germanic translation of the Gospel of St. Mark) or dynamite (from Sweden by way of ancient Greece). Metcalf provides at least two words from almost every country in the world, divided into large areas (e.g., Europe, Africa). Each section is introduced with a short history; each word is identified by country and includes a brief essay on the development of the word in English and what it means. A good choice for public libraries looking for another browsable word book or filling a gap in ready reference.--Neal Wyatt, Chesterfield Cty. P.L., VA ...
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2008- Interesting, though many of the words they listed I had never heard of before in ""English"". Read full review
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