Did you know that the English language has over 150 words for the adjective 'drunk' developed over 1,000 years? Be prepared to learn words you have never heard before, find out fascinating facts behind everyday words, and be surprised at how lively and varied the English language can be.
Published to critical acclaim in 2009, the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is the first comprehensive thesaurus in the world to arrange words by meaning in order of first recorded use. Using its unique perspective on how the English language has developed, Words in Time and Place takes 15 themes and explores the language in these areas over time - explaining when new words appeared, where they came from, and what such changes say about times in which they
emerged. The themes chosen are varied, universal topics and show the semantic range of the thesaurus and what it can tell us about the words used in areas of everyday life. Learn about the different words for dying and money, or types of pop music, as well as words for a privy, oaths, and words for being drunk.
Written by the world's leading expert on the English language, David Crystal, the book carries his trademark style of engaging yet authoritative writing. Each chapter features an introduction to the language of that topic, followed by a timeline of vocabulary taken from the historical thesaurus showing all the synonyms arranged in chronological order. The timelines are annotated with additional quotations, facts, and social and historical context to give a clear sense of how words entered the
English language, when, and in which context they were used.
Words in Time and Place showcases the unique and excellent resource that is the Historical Thesaurus and reveals the linguistic treasures to be found within. This fascinating book will appeal to anyone with an interest in words and in the development of the English language.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 478 g
Dimensions: 222 x 148 x 24 mm
As a companion piece to the weightier and more expensive Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, or a more accessible and affordable alternative, Words in Time and Place is an invaluable and engaging whistle-stop tour of the English language. * Reference Reviews, Sarah Powell *
Colourful phrases and expressive slang abound * Writing Magazine *
Anyone interested in wordsand their origins will derive a great deal of pleasure from perusing this book. * Network Review *
fascinating, erudite and highly entertaining * Tablet, Matthew Adams *
Scholarly, yet in classic Crystal style, with the Monty Python Dead Parrot sketch serving to illustrate Anglo-Saxon defunctive synonymy, this is a serious yet accessible introduction to a supreme work of reference * Good Book Guide *
beautifully written * Annie Martirosyan, Huffington Post Blogs *
If you like the sound of being spliflicated, muckibus, pottical or swacked, David Crystal's Words in Time and Place is for you. * Susie Dent, Books of the year 2014, Spectator *
It's the kind of book that you can browse through time and again and learn something new each time. This one is staying on my Kindle for good! * Corinne Rodrigues, Write Tribe *
The book is a browser's delight. * Michael Quinion, World Wide Words *