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    The Last Word: Tales from the Tip of the Mother Tongue (Paperback) By (author) Ben Macintyre


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    DescriptionDo you know your geek-speak from your geek-chic? Ever wanted to put Humpty Dumpty together again? Can you distinguish Spanglish from Chinglish? We adapt words from other languages, from slang, from developments in science, literature and art. Learn the advantages of having your own signature word; why the lifts in the House of Commons have posh accents; and, discover the discreet art of the loophemism. Witty and utterly delightful, "The Last Word" will tease, tickle and tantalise those who enjoy all things lexical.

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  • Highly entertaining5

    blazej aksamitek This series of columns about the language in its many forms made very nice reading. Informative, in parts hilarious, sometimes thought-provoking pieces contain a large number of facts and factoids concerning various foreign tongues. One detail, especially, I feel obliged to comment on: in the bit about the @ sign, the Author claims Polish people call it 'kotek', i.e. 'a kitten'. As a native speaker of Polish I know for a fact that my fellow Poles have never done so, even when drunk into linguistic oblivion. Hopefully, that is just one inaccuracy in the plethora of similar details, but I'd double check before propagating any of them further.
    To end on a positive note: the piece on blurbs was simply great. by blazej aksamitek

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