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Reference Personal & Practical Guides

500 Years of New Words

the fascinating story of how, when, and why these words first entered the English language

by (author) Bill Sherk

Publisher
Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2004
Category
Personal & Practical Guides, General, Vocabulary
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459718227
    Publish Date
    Sep 2004
    List Price
    $8.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550025255
    Publish Date
    Sep 2004
    List Price
    $24.99

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Description

500 Years of New Words takes you on an exciting journey through the English language from the days before Shakespeare to the first decade of the 21st century. All the main entries are arranged not alphabetically by in chronological order based on the earliest known year that each word was printed or written down.

Beginning with "America" in 1507 and spanning the centuries to "Marsiphobiphiliac" in 2004 (a person who would love to go to Mars but is afraid of being marooned there), this book can be opened at any page and the reader will discover a dazzling array of linguistic delights. In other words, this book is unputdownable (the main entry for 1947). If Shakespeare were alive today, he would buy this book.

About the author

Bill Sherk is one of Canada's leading authorities on old automobiles. He is a feature writer for Old Autos newspaper and the recipient of an "Outstanding" award from the Antique Automobile Club of America for his work as a Canadian automobile historian. In 23, Dundurn Press published his bestselling illustrated book, 6 Years Behind the Wheel: The Cars We Drove in Canada, 19-196.

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