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In this entertaining history of the world's most ubiquitous language, an expert on the English language draws on 100 words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences, and events that have helped to shape the vernacular since the first definitively English word (roe) was written down on the femur of a roe deer in the fifth century.
David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. In 1995, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to the English language. He lives in the United Kingdom.