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A sea change: The Corpus 1: Size matters: How many words? 2: Your Roman-Saxon-Danish-Norman-English: Where do words come from? 3: Beware of heard: Why spelling wobbles 4: Which is to be master? Meaning in context 5: Words of a feather: Word groupings 6: Cats and dogs: Idiomatic phrases 7: Grammar that can govern even kings: What do we mean by grammar? 8: Style wars: Usages people hate Dictionaries then and now Notes Index

About the Author

Jeremy Butterfield has commissioned, compiled, and edited many major English and foreign-language dictionaries, and is a regular contributor to radio and TV discussions about questions of language use. He is particularly interested in how we all help language to evolve, and edited the Oxford A-Z of English Usage (2007).


`'This book will be fascinating to those who would really like to find out how the English language is behaving. Clearly written and informative, it is a lively guide to that most creative and challenging language, English'' Alexander McCall Smith `Nice choice of words' Newsweek, 13 December 2008 `definitive guide to the evolution of English' Scottish Daily Mail, 3 November 2008 `absorbing... will find something of interest on every page' English Teaching Professional, 1 January 2009

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