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Philip Howard (1) (1933–2014)

Teoksen The State of the Language: English Observed tekijä

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Philip Howard graduated with a first in classics from Trinity College, Oxford University. After graduation, he spent two years in the national service including being a lieutenant in the Black Watch. He was a journalist and author. He was a parliamentary correspondent for the Glasgow Herald before näytä lisää joining the Times in 1964. He went on to become the literary editor for 14 years, a columnist and commentator, and was still writing for the Times until a few weeks before his death. He wrote numerous books including The Royal Palaces, London's River, and We Thundered Out: 200 Years of the Times. He died on October 15, 2014 at the age of 80. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Words, the evolution of Western languages (1983) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset254 kappaletta

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An interesting look of the English language from the late 1970's. The book is a series of newspaper articles, which means that each chapter is short. I liked seeing how words had changed from their original meaning. As well as how so many words we take for granted the author considered to have changed meaning 'recently'. Although I did agree with all of his views, I did find it a quick and interesting read.
 
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bookmarkaussie | 1 muu arvostelu | Feb 2, 2020 |
The author thought in 1984 that the language was going to the dogs. He should perhaps write another book in 2013-14. That would be a great comparative study! Its interesting to see how people perceived languages 30 years ago, and how the young now use language to express themselves! A good read!
 
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Sharayu_Gangurde | Jan 19, 2017 |
Forse non dovrei scrivere di questo libro perché non l’ho più visto in giro ma intanto non ti consiglio di andare a cercarlo domani. Esamina alcune parole (come ethnic, euphoria, fruition, gay, grass roots…) e spiega come hanno cambiato significato nel corso degli anni. “Gay” è un esempio piuttosto ovvio, ma altri hanno cambiato in modo meno drammatico: “grass roots”, ad esempio, nasce nell’industria mineraria americana per indicare il primo livello del terreno, nel 1912 viene usato per indicare le origini contadine di un partito e gradualmente viene a significare la “base” politica o sociale. Altre parole, come “fruition” o “internecine”, hanno cambiato significato a causa di errori di interpretazione o di falsa etimologia (“fruition” non viene da “fruit”, bensì da “fruire”, ma ha acquistato un significato basato sulla parola “fruit”). Interessante ma è un libro da leggere, non da consultare per cercare una parola particolare, più che altro perché esamina solo 42 parole. Un po’ poco per un libro che pure aveva il suo costo negli anni ’70.
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