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The English is coming!

how one language is sweeping the world

1st Touchstone hardcover ed.
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This edition was published in by Touchstone Book in New York.

Written in English

326 pages

"Through the fascinating stories of thirty English words used and understood in nearly all corners of the globe, The English Is Coming! takes readers on an eye-opening journey across culture and commerce, war and peace, and time and space. These mini-histories shed new light on everyday words: the strange turns of fate by which their meanings evolved and their new roles as the building blocks of the first language ever to forge a global community. Exploring such familiar terms as shampoo (from a Hindi word for scalp and body hygiene long practiced in India); robot (coined by Czech painter Josef Capek for his brother Karel's 1921 play about man-made creatures); credit (rooted in a prehistoric phrase of sacred significance: "to put heart into"); and dozens of others, Dunton-Downer reveals with clarity and humor how these linguistic artifacts embody the resilience, appeal, adoptability, and wild inclusiveness that English, through a series of historical accidents, gained on its road to worldwide reach. These words explain not only how English has managed to link our distant and often disparate pasts but also how it is propelling humankind to a future that we can, for the first time, talk about and shape in a language that now belongs to all of us: Global English"--Page 2 of cover.

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"Through the fascinating stories of thirty English words used and understood in nearly all corners of the globe, The English Is Coming! takes readers on an eye-opening journey across culture and commerce, war and peace, and time and space. These mini-histories shed new light on everyday words: the strange turns of fate by which their meanings evolved and their new roles as the building blocks of the first language ever to forge a global community. Exploring such familiar terms as shampoo (from a Hindi word for scalp and body hygiene long practiced in India); robot (coined by Czech painter Josef Capek for his brother Karel's 1921 play about man-made creatures); credit (rooted in a prehistoric phrase of sacred significance: "to put heart into"); and dozens of others, Dunton-Downer reveals with clarity and humor how these linguistic artifacts embody the resilience, appeal, adoptability, and wild inclusiveness that English, through a series of historical accidents, gained on its road to worldwide reach. These words explain not only how English has managed to link our distant and often disparate pasts but also how it is propelling humankind to a future that we can, for the first time, talk about and shape in a language that now belongs to all of us: Global English"--Page 2 of cover.

The English is coming!

how one language is sweeping the world

1st Touchstone hardcover ed.

This edition was published in by Touchstone Book in New York.


Edition Description

"Through the fascinating stories of thirty English words used and understood in nearly all corners of the globe, The English Is Coming! takes readers on an eye-opening journey across culture and commerce, war and peace, and time and space. These mini-histories shed new light on everyday words: the strange turns of fate by which their meanings evolved and their new roles as the building blocks of the first language ever to forge a global community. Exploring such familiar terms as shampoo (from a Hindi word for scalp and body hygiene long practiced in India); robot (coined by Czech painter Josef Capek for his brother Karel's 1921 play about man-made creatures); credit (rooted in a prehistoric phrase of sacred significance: "to put heart into"); and dozens of others, Dunton-Downer reveals with clarity and humor how these linguistic artifacts embody the resilience, appeal, adoptability, and wild inclusiveness that English, through a series of historical accidents, gained on its road to worldwide reach. These words explain not only how English has managed to link our distant and often disparate pasts but also how it is propelling humankind to a future that we can, for the first time, talk about and shape in a language that now belongs to all of us: Global English"--Page 2 of cover.

Table of Contents

Global English. Robot ; Bikini ; Shampoo ; Jazz ; Cocktail ; Made in China
A family picture of English. Film ; Credit card ; lol ; Blog ; Disco ; Star
Made in Ænglisc. Business ; Parking ; T-shirt ; FREE! ; Bank ; STOP
Made in Englysshe. Check ; Penthouse ; Cookie ; Taxi! ; Job ; Fun
Lingua franca and English. Stress ; SAT ; Relax ; Safari ; Deluxe ; O.K.
Future global English is spoken here. Bye.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-311) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
420.9
Library of Congress
PE1073 .E549 2010, PN1992.4

The Physical Object

Pagination
xxiii, 326 pages :
Number of pages
326

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL26452351M
Internet Archive
englishiscomingh0000dunt
ISBN 10
1439176655, 1439176698
ISBN 13
9781439176658, 9781439176696
LC Control Number
2010025230
OCLC/WorldCat
642511251

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