A Million Words and Counting: How Global English Is Rewriting the World

Paul JJ Payack

A Million Words and Counting: How Global English Is Rewriting the World

English is growing at a rate unprecedented in its 1500-year history. Now, for the first time ever, a compendium of English language miscellany that identifies the most fascinating recent developments in the language, from the realms of entertainment, technology and business to the mixing of English with foreign languages. As president of the Global Language Monitor, author Paul Payack knows his stuff and includes fun facts about word origins and usage all over the globe. 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
A Million Words and Counting: How Global English Is Rewriting the World

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Language & Linguistics
Format Hardback
Pages 224
RRP £11.99
Date of Publication May 2008
ISBN 978-0806528571
Publisher Citadel
 

English is growing at a rate unprecedented in its 1500-year history. Now, for the first time ever, a compendium of English language miscellany that identifies the most fascinating recent developments in the language, from the realms of entertainment, technology and business to the mixing of English with foreign languages. As president of the Global Language Monitor, author Paul Payack knows his stuff and includes fun facts about word origins and usage all over the globe.

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The Guardian

Steven Poole

The author has a bee in his bonnet about what he calls "the Political Correctness movement", but happily isn't quite so bothered about being Linguistically Correct. We are told that "nappy-headed" is British slang for "childish thinking", though it is a derogatory US term for African-Americans that dates back to 1896... Payack rarely misses an opportunity to plug his own website, the grandiosely named "Global Language Monitor", but on this showing the OED won't exactly be quaking in its boots.

12/07/2008

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