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  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 11:13 PM

Linguist Tells 'The Story Of English In 100 Words' (audio)

NPR
Linguist David Crystal describes English as "a vacuum cleaner of a language" — speakers merrily swipe some words from other languages, adopt others because they're cool or sound classy and simply make up other terms. Crystal believes every word has a story to tell, even the ones as commonplace as "and."

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