New Words for Old

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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.

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New Words for Old

New Words for Old

Recycling Our Language for the Modern World

Hardback192pp196x129mm

9781782434726     Product Code: 224742

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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.

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