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English Language History

The History Of 7 Bizarre English Words

David Crystal | Posted 05.27.2012 | Books
David Crystal

If you can tell the history of the world in 100 objects, as the British Museum's Neil MacGregor did in 2010, then it ought to be possible to tell the history of a language in a similar number. But, as with objects, it isn't enough for each word to be interesting in its own right. It has to tell a story.