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A Million Words And Counting

Paul J.J. Payack

ISBN 9780806528588
Publish Date 4/28/2009
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Citadel, Reference
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See How Close We Are to the Millionth Word!

Spread the Word!

What’s all the tamasha about global English? What makes it so robust? What accounts for its traction? Is it due to some kind of viral marketing or data migration? Or is English simply the best of breed among the world’s many languages?

In the new world, over1.35 billion people now speak English. It’s been outsourced to India where 350 million people speak their own variant, Hinglish (fundoo, propone), and to China where 250 million people speak Chinglish (no noising, drinktea). It gets new words virtually every day from every corner of the world and every facet of human existence—from politics (locavore, punditocracy), entertainment (truthiness, brokeback), youth culture (crunk, word!), corporate culture (multitask, scalable), science and technology (quantum, nanotechnology), and the Internet (blogosphere, ROTFLOL).

In fact, English is expected to reach the one million-word mark this year, according to WordMan Paul J.J. Payack. Join him as he takes you on a whirlwind tour of this truly global language, from the realms of the serious (bandwith, subprime) to the less serious (bootylicious, wikiality). Maybe this journey will inspire you to coin some new words of your own.

About Paul J.J. Payack:

Paul J.J. Payack is a Harvard-educated word maven who is president of the Global Language Monitor and The two sites he operates receive 30 million page views a month and are used as resources by major universities and other institutions worldwide. A well-known media commentator and expert on culture and language, Payack has appeared on the BBC, CNN, National Public Radio, ABC, CBS, and NBC. He currently resides with his wife and family in San Diego.

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