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Title   Blooming English 

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Author   BURRIDGE  ISBN   9780521548328  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Cambridge University Press  Group   ESOL View shopping cart
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Edition   1/2004 Type   Go back
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Synopsis English is the most creative, changeable and imaginative of languages. Some words are invented to meet temporary needs and are quickly discarded; others carry meanings hundreds of years old. Language fascinates us, and we spend a lot of time playing with it, concocting everything from puns, riddles and secret languages to wonderful prose and poetry. We also worry about it a great deal, looking up and checking words in dictionaries and usage guides, occasionally arguing about definitions. Blooming English celebrates our capacity to play with language, as well as examining the ways we use it: in slang and jargon, swearing, speaking the unspeakable, or concealing unpleasant or inconvenient facts. It can be used for browsing, for finding beguiling snippets about language, history and social customs, and can be a formidable weapon in word games.

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