The Word Detective

The Word Detective

Language is always changing. No one knows where it is going but the best way to future-cast is to look at the past. John Simpson animates for us a tradition of researching and editing, showing us both the technical lexicography needed to understand a word, and the careful poetry needed to construct its definition. He challenges both the idea that dictionaries are definitive, and the notion that language is falling apart. With a sense of humour, an ability to laugh at bureaucracy and an inclination to question the status quo, John Simpson gives life to the colourful characters at the OED and to the English language itself. He splices his stories with entertaining and erudite diversions into the history and origin of words such as 'kangaroo', 'hot-dog' , 'pommie', 'bicycle' , not ignoring those swearwords often classed as 'Anglo-Saxon' ! The book will speak to anyone who uses a dictionary, 'word people' , history lovers, students and parents.

Download Now
Author
Publisher Hachette UK
Release Date
ISBN 1408706598
Pages 384 pages
Rating 4/5 (96 users)

More Books:

The Word Detective
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: John Simpson
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-10-13 - Publisher: Hachette UK

GET EBOOK

Language is always changing. No one knows where it is going but the best way to future-cast is to look at the past. John Simpson animates for us a tradition of
Writing Lesson Level K--Be a Word Detective
Language: en
Pages: 4
Authors: Richard Gentry, Ph.D.
Categories:
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-02-01 - Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

GET EBOOK

Incorporate writing instruction in your classroom as an essential element of literacy development while implementing best practices. Simplify the planning of wr
The Word Detective
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Evan Morris
Categories: Reference
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001 - Publisher: Plume Books

GET EBOOK

The "Word Detective" searches out clues to the origin of interesting words and phrases, such as Big Apple, moxie, yahoo, gormless, feed a cold, and many others,
Vocabulary Enrichment Programme
Language: en
Pages: 584
Authors: Victoria Joffe
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-08-05 - Publisher: Routledge

GET EBOOK

This book helps to enhance the understanding and use of vocabulary in secondary school students and young adults. Specifically designed for older children and y
Sometimes Reading is Hard
Language: en
Pages: 176
Authors: Robin Bright
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-08-24 - Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited

GET EBOOK

When students say that reading is boring, difficult, overwhelming, or they cannot find a good book, it is almost impossible to sell them on the idea that readin
Full-Color Literacy Activities: Sight Words: Grades K-1
Language: en
Pages: 176
Authors: Renee Liles
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-03-01 - Publisher: Teacher Created Resources

GET EBOOK

Little Readers, Big Thinkers
Language: en
Pages: 168
Authors: Amy Stewart
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-01-04 - Publisher:

GET EBOOK

Little Readers, Big Thinkers: Teaching Close Reading in the Primary Grades Young learners are full of questions and wonderings, so much so that sometimes they n
Creating Strategic Readers: Techniques for Supporting Rigorous Literacy Instruction
Language: en
Pages: 306
Authors: Ellery, Valerie
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-03-01 - Publisher: Shell Education

GET EBOOK

Meet the challenges of educating students with this balanced, whole-child approach to reading for 21st-century learners. This updated, best-selling book co-publ
The Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Katherine S. McKnight
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-05-21 - Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

GET EBOOK

Tap into the power of graphic organizers for classroom success Veteran educator and NCTE trainer Katherine McKnight shows how students can use graphic organizer
Stretching Students' Vocabulary
Language: en
Pages: 128
Authors: Karen Bromley
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

GET EBOOK

Presents more than seventy strategies for building third- through eighth-grade students' vocabularies using sound, context, structure, and word investigation, a