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A Century of New Words (Oxford Paperback Reference)

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This vivid picture of a century of linguistic innovation serves up a smorgasbord of words added to the English language from 1900 to 2004. As Ayto moves through the century a decade at a time, it's fascinating to see how newly coined words capture or call to mind so much of our history--motor-bike (1903), talkie (1913), flapper (1921), Blitzkrieg (1939), pin-up (1941), atom bomb (1945), flying saucer (1947), Sputnik (1957), beatnik (1958), black power (1966), personal computer (1976), yuppie (1982), AIDS (1984), dotcom (1994), 9/11 (2001), and podcasting (2004), to name just a few. For each decade, Ayto offers an introductory essay identifying the main historical, cultural, and scientific currents, showing how they contributed new vocabulary to the language. For each decade, the book provides an alphabetical listing of words first recorded in that period. Ayto describes each word fully and explains its origins. A final section looks at vocabulary developments of the new millennium.

Full of surprises, this book is at once a glimpse of the past and a treasure chest for word lovers.

About the Author

John Ayto is one of Britain's most established dictionary writers, the editor of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, and the author of The Oxford Dictionary of Rhyming Slang, The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang, and 20th Century Words.

Table of Contents

1. The 1900s

2. The 1910s

3. The 1920s

4. The 1930s

5. The 1940s

6. The 1950s

7. The 1960s

8. The 1970s

9. The 1980s

10. The 1990s and 2000s

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199213696
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
Word Lists
Author:
Ayto, John
Subject:
Linguistics | Theoretical
Subject:
Descriptive Linguistics
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Civilization, Modern
Subject:
Etymology
Subject:
Linguistics | Theoretical and Descriptive Linguistics
Subject:
Civilization, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
English language - 20th century - New words
Subject:
Linguistics - Etymology
Series:
Oxford Paperback Reference
Publication Date:
20070702
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
No
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.74x5.11x.77 in. .60 lbs.

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