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Movers and Shakers By John Ayto

Movers and Shakers
by John Ayto

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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 by John Ayto

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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Movers and Shakers Reviews


"The book's content and treatment are of high quality."--Library Journal


"The book's content and treatment are of high quality."--Library Journal

"The book's content and treatment are of high quality."--Library Journal


"The book's content and treatment are of high quality."--Library Journal


About John Ayto



Dr. John Ayto is an experienced lexicographer and author of several language titles. His previous books for OUP include The Oxford Dictionary of Slang, The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang, and The Oxford Essential Guide to the English Language. His most recent book, Twentieth Century Words (OUP, 1999), was reviewed as "An absolutely terrific book, brimming with nostalgia, thoroughly addictive and full of surprises."

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

Additional information

GOR000771897
Movers and Shakers: A Chronology of Words That Shaped Our Age by John Ayto
John Ayto
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
2006-10-12
256
0198614527
9780198614524
N/A
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