Global Wording: The Fascinating Story of the Evolution of English

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9781427203304: Global Wording: The Fascinating Story of the Evolution of English

In the same engaging style and humor that has attracted 4.5
million downloads of the Podictionary podcast, Global Wording traces the development of our language using easily recognizable
milestones such as Beowulf, William the Conqueror, Chaucer and
Shakespeare. Rather than relying on scores of dates and boring facts, Hodgson instead punctuates his story with anecdotes about why these characters were so memorable, as well as interesting details on how we know what we know and the conditions of life over the years as they affected the growth of our language.

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CHARLES HODGSON is the author of Carnal Knowledge—A Navel Gazer’s
Dictionary of Anatomy, Etymology, and Trivia published by St. Martin’s Press. He also writes, hosts and produces Podictionary—the podcast for word lovers. Charles is an Electrical Engineer by training, an entrepreneur and marketer by experience, and a word lover by habit. Since 2002 he has indulged his love for words and their fascinating histories by dedicating all his working time to this passion. As a result his podcast Podictionary has accumulated hundreds of entertaining episodes that have attracted approximately 4.5 million downloads from faithful listeners. Writing for Podictionary, he has amassed more than 160,000 words of text in addition to the 70,000 written for Carnal Knowledge.

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Praise for the podictionary podcast:
“The highest value per minute.”
 —Steve Eley, Escape Pod  “One of the coolest podcasts out there.”
 —Dave Shepherd, The Word Nerds

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