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User Review  - jbennett - LibraryThing

David Crystal uses 100 words as a framework to illustrate how English has developed. I really enjoyed this and felt it addresssed some of the problems I had with his other book that I read 'Stories of English' that didn't really talk much about particular words. Read full review

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User Review  - themulhern - LibraryThing

This book was definitely worth writing and listening to. However, the chosen structure, 100 tiny little essays, makes the book unmemorable. Already I have no idea what the first word was or what its associated chapter was about. Read full review

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User Review  - rrainer - LibraryThing

I love reading about etymology and the evolution of the English language, so I was predisposed to enjoy this one. The only problem I had was that it didn't feel long enough and I keep wanting each ... Read full review

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User Review  - mrgan - LibraryThing

A cute overview of ways that words enter the mainstream language. Calling it "the story" of English is maybe a bit much, though. Read full review

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User Review  - martensgirl - LibraryThing

A fascinating book to dip in to. I wish it was more detailed. Read full review

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User Review  - GeoffSC - LibraryThing

Excellent. Very readable and entertaining. Read full review

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

A fascinating and entertaining tour through the English language with a learned and witty guide. Read full review

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User Review  - Lukerik - LibraryThing

A thoroughly enjoyable book with some fascinating word histories and a useful book to have read when chatting up philologists. Read full review

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User Review  - PhilipKinsella - LibraryThing

Another fantastic book from David Crystal. You do learn about the history of the language, and the origins of the words are often suprising. Read full review

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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

I love words and the origin of words and I loved this book. Read full review


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