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    The Adventure of English
    The Biography of a Language
    By Melvyn Bragg
    (Arcade Publishing)
    Here is the riveting story of the English language, from its humble beginnings as a regional dialect to its current preeminence as the one global language, spoken by more than two billion people worldwide. In this groundbreaking book, Melvyn Bragg shows how English conquered the world. It is a magnificent... [READ MORE]
    Dictionary of Word Origins
    The Histories of More Than 8,000 English-Language Words
    By John Ayto
    (Arcade Publishing)
    What is the link between map and apron, acrobat and oxygen, zeal and jealousy, flour and pollen, secret and crime? Did you know that crimson originally comes from the name of tiny scale insects, the kermes, from whose dried bodies a red dyestuff is made? That Yankee began as a nickname for Dutchmen?... [READ MORE]
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