The Language Report

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Oxford University Press, 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.
Backed by the largest language research program in the world at Oxford University Press, this new book 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 quotations and sayings of the year; nicknames in the news; new venues for language, such as Internet chatrooms; and controversial developments in usage and grammar. It also analyzes English around the world, uncovering the latest words and phrases to enter our vocabulary; and explores what new words were hundreds of years ago, and how they've developed or disappeared. An ideal reference for all word lovers, this new book offers a fascinating tour of the English language today.

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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

Contents

Introduction
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What Goes Around A Hundred Years of New Words
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The Words in the News
11
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Susie Dent was Editorial Director at Oxford University Press for several years before leaving to become an independent editor and translator. She appears regularly on the TV word game Countdown.

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