The language report

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Oxford University Press, Dec 18, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 151 pages
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Infinitely browsable and completely up to date, The Language Report is a collection of topical and fascinating facts and observations on today's spoken and written English. Using the resources of the world's largest language research programme at Oxford University Press, it presents an up-to-the-minute snapshot of English language today: tracking the latest new words to have entered its usage; investigating old words revived by current events in, for example, the worlds of politics and pop; and examining the most recent trends of language development. This intriguing survey covers language issues reported by the media in recent times, including memorable quotes and sayings of the year; nicknames in the news; new venues for language, such as the Internet chatroom; and controversial developments in usage and grammar. It also analyses English around the world, finding out the latest words and phrases to enter the US or Australian English vocabulary for example; and looks at what the new words were 100 years ago, and how they've developed or disappeared.

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Dent, a British editor and translator, here attempts the impossible-to offer in a very small book a snapshot of the whitewater that is contemporary English. Tracking the newest words picked up by ... Read full review


What Goes Around A Hundred Years of New Words
The Words in the News

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About the author (2003)

Susie Dent is the resident word expert on Channel 4 TV's Countdown. She contributes regularly to radio and television discussions of topical language issues.