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A few months ago I visited the -enamoured sigh- British Library. I went on an afternoon tour as part of a group that, according to our guide, had a remarkably youthful median age.* A fellow logophile (it’s not dirty - look it up) mentioned he saw an interesting looking book in the Library shop: “The Story of English in 100 Words” by David Crystal.
I was intrigued and didn’t fully grasp how 100 words were enough to make a whole book. 
Ah - yes. A short chapter on each of 100 words that shape the history of English.
Side note: If you are interested in the history of the English language you should check out this podcast.
As someone intrigued by the magic of language and communication, I enjoyed the book immensely. Also, there’s a chapter on “cunt”.
*Get out and love libraries kids! 

A few months ago I visited the -enamoured sigh- British Library. I went on an afternoon tour as part of a group that, according to our guide, had a remarkably youthful median age.* A fellow logophile (it’s not dirty - look it up) mentioned he saw an interesting looking book in the Library shop: “The Story of English in 100 Words” by David Crystal.

I was intrigued and didn’t fully grasp how 100 words were enough to make a whole book. 

Ah - yes. A short chapter on each of 100 words that shape the history of English.

Side note: If you are interested in the history of the English language you should check out this podcast.

As someone intrigued by the magic of language and communication, I enjoyed the book immensely. Also, there’s a chapter on “cunt”.

*Get out and love libraries kids! 

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