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Don’t Believe A Word by David Shariatmadari




Everyone likes to think they know a bit about language. Inuits have 50 words for snow; there’s a term in Portuguese you simply can’t translate; if you know the origin of a word you’re better informed about its meaning; standards of grammar have taken a nosedive in recent years. The problem is, none of these statements are true. In this book, trained linguist David Shariatmadari takes us on a mind-boggling journey through the science of language, urging us to abandon our dearly-held beliefs in a bid to uncover the (far more interesting) truth about what we do with words.

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