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Around the World in 80 Words: A Journey Through the English Language (edição 2018)

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"In Around the World in 80 Words, Jones tells the story of eighty English-language words that are specially related to a place. He tells us, for example, where the name for the Canary Islands came from, the relationship between the town of Ja?chymov in the Czech Republic and the word "dollar," and he dispels the myth that the term "limerick" comes from the last name of Edward Lear. Throughout this engaging journey, the reader gains valuable insights into culture and history through the intersection of language and place"--… (mais)
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Around the World in 80 Words: A Journey Through the English Language por Paul Anthony Jones

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The United Kingdom has a habit of acquiring things from all around the world and keeping them; just take a look in any museum… But one of the things that we are very good at keeping is words and phrases, incorporating them into English and calling them our own. So far not many have objected, but how they ended up in the English language and where they came from is a story in its own right. Paul Anthony Jones is well placed to tell us too. He has chosen eighty well-known ones and is about to embark on an etymology world tour.

Starting in London with the Kent Street ejectment, Europe beckons where we will learn the origins of the phrases and words, zabernism, ampster, Abderian laughter and where the colour magenta is from. Nipping across the straits of Gibraltar, tangerines and Algerines enter the lexicon. It is bedlam in the Middle East and doolally in India, before reaching Xanadu in the Far East. There is a brief sojourn through the islands of the Pacific and then onto the Americas for yet more bunkum. Heading back over the pond is an opportunity to collect the final few words in this 70,000-mile tour de lexicon around the planet.

Paul Anthony Jones has written another cracker of a book for the lovers of words and language. There are scores of fascinating details on the words he has traced and much more from each location as we head around the globe with him. If you weren't a word nerd before, reading this should make you one. It would have been nice to have a map showing the route round the world too. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Fun book that highlights the extraordinary origins of many words, some of them quite obscure. Disappointed that the only entry for Australia was an obscure 19th century term, however that doesn't detract from enjoying what is a really interesting journey into word history. ( )
  drmaf | Mar 6, 2019 |
Around the World in 80 Words – Just Proves We Will Borrow Anything!

Paul Anthony Jones has done it once again, produced a book that can turn the reader in to a word geek. Jones himself is a word nerd who is an obsessive where words are concerned. I would hate to play him at scrabble, not only would he get the triple word scores up but then to add insult to injury explain the history or that particular word.

Paul Anthony Jones is already written a number of books on words and linguistics, which have proven to be popular and I can see this book doing the same. He also appears often in the media, across newspapers as well as having his own blog.

What he has done in this book is reveal the hidden histories of words that are in common currency in the English language. Starting off in that there London town we are taken on a tour of Europe, Asia, onto Australia before heading to the Americas before heading back to blighty. Certainly, a better journey that that of Phileas Fogg, a lot quicker and no balloons required.

The origins of the words are very interesting, such as vaudeville, which has a very interesting history, especially when you think how we use the word. Or being sent to Coventry, personally I would rather be stuck on the M6, than go to Coventry. Or the colour magenta, yes even that has a past, looking at you Italy! Even those pesky Americans, who with their terrible dialect have done much to destroy the English Language, have had a couple of positive additions to the language.

This really is a fun book for all those that love to know various facts about language, and always a bonus for those that enjoy quizzes and crosswords! ( )
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