Movers and Shakers: A Chronology of Words that Shaped Our Age

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 250 pages
Take a fascinating journey from cornflakes (1907) to spam (1994). This vivid picture of the last 105 years is based on John Ayto's critically acclaimed Twentieth Century Words, and gives a selection of the key words added to the English language in the twentieth century and the early years ofthe twenty-first. For each decade, an introductory essay identifies the main historical, cultural, and scientific currents, and shows how they contributed new vocabulary to the language. An A-Z listing of words which were first recorded in that decade follows, selected for their resonance to today'sworld. Each word is fully described and its origins explained. A final section looks at vocabulary developments of the new millennium. Full of surprises, this book is at once a glimpse of the past and a handbook for today.

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Out of his larger and more comprehensiveTwentieth Century Words (1999), lexicographer of slang Ayto (editor,Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable ) has selected those words that particularly reflect ... Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Dr John Ayto is an experienced lexicographer and author of several language titles. His previous books for OUP include 'The Oxford Dictionary of Slang', 'The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang', and 'The Oxford Essential Guide to the English Language'. His most recent book was '20th CenturyWords' (OUP, 1999), which was reviewed as 'An absolutely terrific book, brimming with nostalgia, thoroughly addictive and full of surprises'. He edited the latest edition of 'Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable'.

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