The Chronology of Words & Phrases: A Thousand Years in the History of English

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After reaching America, Columbus introduced Europe to new foodstuffs such as chilli and chocolate, and the words that described them. Pope Boniface VIII proclaimed the first "jubilee" in 1300, and Francis Bacon published the first "essay" in 1597. The Normans gave us the "feudal system" and "curfews," while the flourishing of Dutch art in the 17th century introduced "easels," "etchings," and "landscapes." Thus, throughout history, events great and small have left their mark on the way we speak. Starting from 1066 and working through to the present-day boom in techno-speak, this book links hundreds of words with the historical upheavals and minor social changes which gave them life.

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Roger Flavell is Chairman of the Department of English for Speakers of Other Languages at the University of London Institute of Education. Linda Flavell is a former teacher who has written readers for overseas students. They are also co-authors of Current English Usage (Papermae).

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Two chief features distinguish this etymological study: a chronological scheme highlighting the impact of historical events on language, and an emphasis on terms stemming from inventions and other innovations instead of idioms. As the authors (Current English Usage, Dictionary of Word Origins) also spice their writing with humor and quotations, they commendably encourage browsers and readers new to etymology. A summary of each of approximately 100 historical events is followed by detailed entries discussing the origins of related words. Unfortunately, the authors include minimal background information and direction for further study; a bibliography is available, yet there is no introductory historical survey of the English language or glossary of frequently used terms that take on technical meaning, such as borrowed and unattested. In addition, the alphabetical index lacks proper names. A more comprehensive work that also blends chronology and entries is Craig M. Carver's History of English in Its Own Words (HarperCollins, 1991. o.p.). Otherwise, The Chronological English Dictionary, edited by Thomas Finkenstaedt and others (1970. o.p.) remains a thorough resource for use with The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford Univ. 1999). However, this is recommended for circulating collections in larger public libraries that don't already have these other resources.DMarianne Orme, West Lafayette, IN
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