Book review: "The Secret Life of Words"

"The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English" by Henry Hitchings. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 448 pages, September 2008.

In "The Secret Life of Words," British writer Henry Hitchings examines words that have entered English from other languages. Through his look at words, Hitchings also explores the history and culture of English-speaking people and finds the connections between what was going on in the world and the words that English borrowed from other languages.

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