Netymology: From Apps to Zombies: A Linguistic Celebration of the Digital World

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Quercus Publishing, Mar 28, 2013 - Computers - 272 pages
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Composed of 100 bite-sized entries of 400 to 600 words each, Netymology weaves together stories, etymologies and analyses around digital culture's transformation, and creation, of words.

Tom Chatfield presents a kaleidoscopic, thought-provoking tour through the buried roots of some of the digital age's most common terms: from the @ and Apple symbols, to HTML and Trojan horses, to the twisted histories of new forms of slang, memes, text messages and gaming terms.

There's also discussion of the trends behind digital words, and of the ways language itself is being shaped by new forces - and revelations about how these forces are, in turn, reshaping us.

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Review: Netymology: From Apps to Zombies - A Linguistic Celebration of the Digital World

User Review  - Deirdre - Goodreads

Paper version needs an index Reminded me of a lot of my computer history. I would love to get a lot of my co-workers to read this so they realise that I'm not making these terms up. Read full review

Review: Netymology: From Apps to Zombies - A Linguistic Celebration of the Digital World

User Review  - Snoakes - Goodreads

Fascinating stuff - perfect for reading in small chunks. I've been dipping in to it for a while now and I'm quite sad it's finished. If you are of the geeky persuasion and you like The Etymologicon, then this is for you Read full review

About the author (2013)

Tom Chatfield is the author of four previous books of non-fiction exploring digital culture. Tom is also a fortnightly columnist for the BBC, a TED veteran, international speaker and broadcaster, and has worked with some of the world's leading technology firms. He took a doctorate and taught at St John's College, Oxford, before moving to write in London.

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