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The Secret Life of Words
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HENRY HITCHINGS was born in 1974. He is the author of Defining the World and has contributed to many newspapers and magazines.

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"Hitchings here provides a colorful, thematic history of the English language . . . Hitchings is a fine writer with an eye for the illustrative detail . . . With ninety-plus pages of notes, sources, and useful indexes, this is fine choice for libraries and a 'smorgasbord' for language aficionados. Highly recommended." --E. L. Battistella, Choice "A rich and readable history." --The Boston Globe "Astonishing . . . Every page of The Secret Life of Words is stuffed with rewards. . .Painstakingly detailed, closely argued and suffused with a contagious enthusiasm." --Daily Telegraph (UK) "A galloping history of English-speaking people and lists of words they have borrowed or invented." --The New York Sun "Filled with fascinating nuggets." --The Independent (UK) "A delightful book." --The Roanoke Times Hitchings here provides a colorful, thematic history of the English language . . . Hitchings is a fine writer with an eye for the illustrative detail . . . With ninety-plus pages of notes, sources, and useful indexes, this is fine choice for libraries and a smorgasbord' for language aficionados. Highly recommended. "E. L. Battistella, Choice" A rich and readable history. "The Boston Globe" Astonishing . . . Every page of "The Secret Life of Words "is stuffed with rewards. . .Painstakingly detailed, closely argued and suffused with a contagious enthusiasm. "Daily Telegraph (UK)" A galloping history of English-speaking people and lists of words they have borrowed or invented. "The New York Sun" Filled with fascinating nuggets. "The Independent (UK)" A delightful book. "The Roanoke Times"" "Hitchings here provides a colorful, thematic history of the English language . . . Hitchings is a fine writer with an eye for the illustrative detail . . . With ninety-plus pages of notes, sources, and useful indexes, this is fine choice for libraries and a 'smorgasbord' for language aficionados. Highly recommended."--E. L. Battistella, "Choice ""A rich and readable history."--"The Boston Globe ""Astonishing . . . Every page of "The Secret Life of Words "is stuffed with rewards. . .Painstakingly detailed, closely argued and suffused with a contagious enthusiasm."--"Daily Telegraph "(UK) "A galloping history of English-speaking people and lists of words they have borrowed or invented."--"The New York Sun ""Filled with fascinating nuggets."--"The Independent "(UK) "A delightful book."--"The Roanoke Times" "Hitchings here provides a colorful, thematic history of the English language . . . Hitchings is a fine writer with an eye for the illustrative detail . . . With ninety-plus pages of notes, sources, and useful indexes, this is fine choice for libraries and a 'smorgasbord' for language aficionados. Highly recommended."--E. L. Battistella, "Choice ""A rich and readable history."--"The Boston Globe ""Astonishing . . . Every page of "The Secret Life of Words "is stuffed with rewards. . .Painstakingly detailed, closely argued and suffused with a contagious enthusiasm."--"Daily Telegraph "(UK) "A galloping history of English-speaking people and lists of words they have borrowed or invented."--"The New York Sun ""Filled with fascinating nuggets."--"The Independent "(UK) "A delightful book."--"The Roanoke Times"

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