Communication is essential to our lives, but how often do we stop to think about where the words we use have come from?
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Have you ever thought about which words in English have been borrowed from Arabic, French or Dutch? Det ar ett flodande format vilket gor att texten hela tiden anpassar sig till den skarmstorlek, textstorlek och typsnitt du anvander.
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Om du redan har ett Adobe-ID sa registrerar du det i dito-appen vid nedladdning av din forsta Adobe-krypterade e-bok. Have you ever thought about which words in English have been borrowed from Arabic, Dutch, or Portuguese? The Secret Life of Words is a wide-ranging account not only of the history of English, but also of how words witness history, reflect social change and remind us of our turbulent past. Henry Hitchings delves into our promiscuous language and reveals how and why it has absorbed words from more than 350 other languages many originating from the most unlikely of places, such as shampoo from Hindi and kiosk from Turkish.From the Norman Conquest to the present day, Hitchings narrates the story of English as an archive of our human experience and uncovers the secrets behind everyday words. The Secret Life of Words is a wide-ranging account not only of the history of English language and vocabulary, but also of how words witness history, reflect social change, and remind us of our past. This is a celebration of our language; after reading it, you will never again take the words we use for granted.


Henry Hitchings delves into the insatiable, ever-changing English language and reveals how and why it has absorbed words from more than 350 other languages—many originating from the most unlikely of places, such as shampoo from Hindi and kioskfrom Turkish. From the Norman Conquest to the present day, Hitchings narrates the story of English as a living archive of our human experience. He uncovers the secrets behind everyday words and explores the surprising origins of our most commonplace expressions. The Secret Life of Words is a rich, lively celebration of the language and vocabulary that we too often take for granted.



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