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It is essentially a book on etymology. It is divided into two parts. In the first part, the author talks about the origin and relationship of particular words by grouping them into different metaphorical categories. For example, he touches on a number of different words that are related to pigs. The conceits he uses are a bit laboured and the writing a bit dry. This is balanced out somewhat by the short sections which make it much easier to read in small bites, provided you can remember what the conceit of the chapter was supposed to be. The second section is a lexicon, something that approaches a dictionary. However, instead of giving the meaning of the word the reader is provided with some interesting examples of how this word is translated into other languages. This probably should have been explained in an introduction to the lexicon. When I first started reading it, I thought that the author was going to give the etymological history of the word in English—how we arrived at the word we use. It took me a couple of entries before I understood what he was doing. Overall, the structure could have been improved and it wasn’t as personable to read as other books on language I’ve encountered, such as David Crystal’s By Hook or By Crook. You need to have an interest in the subject matter.
Review: The Book of Babel: Words and the Way We See ThingsUser Review - Goodreads
I found this book difficult to finish. Many of the word movements that were alleged seemed hard for me to follow. I'm fascinated with the topic of etymology, this book argues for a more organic path ...
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