Around the world in 80 words

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around the world in 80 words

Around the World in 80 Words: A Journey Through the English Language by Paul Anthony Jones

From Monte Carlo to Shanghai, Bikini to Samarra, Around the World in 80 Words is a whimsical voyage through the far-flung reaches of the English language.

What makes a place so memorable that it survives for ever in a word? In this captivating round-the-world jaunt, Paul Anthony Jones reveals the intriguing stories of how 80 different places came to be immortalised in our language.

Beginning in London and heading through Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas, you’ll discover why the origins of turkeys, Brazil nuts, limericks and Panama hats aren’t quite as straightforward as you might presume. You’ll also find out what the Philippines have given to your office in-tray; what an island with more bears than people has given to your liquor cabinet; and how a tiny hamlet in Nottinghamshire became Gotham City.

Surprising and consistently entertaining, this is essential reading for armchair travellers and word nerds. Our dictionaries are full of hidden histories, tales and adventures from all over the world – if you know where to look.
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In this captivating round-the-world jaunt, Paul Anthony Jones reveals the hidden histories, tales and global adventures that lie within the pages of our dictionaries. It is a beautifully presented book that offers Paul Anthony Jones has done it once again, produced a book that can turn the reader in to a word geek. Jones himself is a word nerd who is an obsessive where words are concerned. I would hate to play him at scrabble, Please sign in to write a review.

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From Monte Carlo to Shanghai, Bikini to Samarra, Around the World in 80 Words is a whimsical voyage through the far-flung reaches of the English language.
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Nov 2, Non-fiction , Travel. Paul Anthony Jones has done it once again, produced a book that can turn the reader in to a word geek. Jones himself is a word nerd who is an obsessive where words are concerned. I would hate to play him at scrabble, not only would he get the triple word scores up but then, to add insult to injury, explain the history or that particular word. Jones is already written a number of books on words and linguistics, which have proven to be popular and I can see this book doing the same.

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