Recycling Our Language for the Modern World
Michael O'Mara 2015
Hardback 192pp 196x129mm
9781782434726   Product Code: 24742
If we need a term for something new, we can invent a completely new word, adapt one that already exists, combine two words, or unearth and polish up some long-forgotten item of vocabulary. Taggart's book celebrates the linguistic versatility that created 'brunch' and 'breathalyser', 'selfie' and 'sitcom'; traces the changing definitions of such words as 'web' and 'hardware'; and asks how 'blue', 'green' and 'red' acquired metaphorical meanings.