Word Spy Word Spy Word Spy Paul McFedries

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Word Spy Word Spy Word Spy  by  Paul McFedries

Word Spy Word Spy Word Spy by Paul McFedries
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Language wears many hats, but its most important job is to help us name or describe whats in the world. Words define us, our actions, even our existence. And just when you think that you have all the words youneed, you discover new ones, hear newMoreLanguage wears many hats, but its most important job is to help us name or describe whats in the world. Words define us, our actions, even our existence. And just when you think that you have all the words youneed, you discover new ones, hear new uses for old ones or see them mutate right before your eyes-a neologism is born.Those neologisms are actually one of the best ways of keeping tabs on theway our world and culture are changing.

One of the people whos been keeping tabs is Paul McFedries, the president of Logophilia Limited (logophilia is Greek for the love of words).His scorecard is Word Spy, a daily newsletter that has been reporting from the neological frontier since 1998 and that has more than 100,000 visitors a month and more than 12 million page views. InWord Spy, McFedries demonstrates how new words both reflect and illuminate not only the subcultures that coin them but also the larger culture in which these groups exist.

Neologisms give us insightinto the way things are even as they act as linguistic harbingers of whats to come. Each chapter of Word Spy is a cultural snapshot, a slice of the zeitgeist that focuses on a specific idea orsociological phenomenon, with an emphasis on the words and phrases that it has generated. These snapshots cover various aspects of modern life, including relationships, business, technology, war, aging, multiculturalism, and even fast food, all the while introducing us to hybrid words: If your kids cant seem to get away from their computers, they may be addicted to fritterware (time-wasting game software).

If yourea new mother with a passion for petitioning, you may be a lactivist (breast-feeding activist). And if you keep finding yourself staying way later at the office than you ever imagined, you may besuffering from presenteeism.Word Spy is an exciting and informative travelogue through the evolving landscape of our language and, consequently, the cultures andsubcultures that continually mold and shape not just the language but all of us who speak it. From the Trade Paperback edition.



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