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Movers and Shakers: A chronology of words that shaped our age By John Ayto

Movers and Shakers: A chronology of words that shaped our age
by John Ayto

Gives a selection of the key words added to the English language in the twentieth century and the early years of the twenty-first. This work features an introductory essay that identifies the main historical, cultural, and scientific currents, and shows how they contributed new vocabulary to the language.

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Movers and Shakers: A chronology of words that shaped our age Summary


Take a fascinating journey from cornflakes (1907) to spam (1994). This vivid picture of the last 105 years is based on John Ayto's critically acclaimed Twentieth Century Words, and gives a selection of the key words added to the English language in the twentieth century and the early years of the twenty-first. For each decade, an introductory essay identifies the main historical, cultural, and scientific currents, and shows how they contributed new vocabulary to the language. An A-Z listing of words which were first recorded in that decade follows, selected for their resonance to today's world. Each word is fully described and its origins explained. 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 handbook for today.

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GOR000771897
Movers and Shakers: A chronology of words that shaped our age
John Ayto
Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
2006-10-12
256
0198614527
9780198614524
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