…here’s an idea for the word-lover in your life. Cambridge University Press recently published Words of the World: A Global History of the Oxford English Dictionary, a book that has ignited some controversy by asserting that one of its former editors “surreptitiously expunged hundreds of words with foreign origins.”
The Guardian and The Atlantic Wire have both published nice pieces on the book and its assertions, in addition to the New York Times article quoted above. Take a look and see if you think there is a scandal here.
Does this book make your Christmas list? If not, what books are on your list this year?