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By Vivian Cook

Delve into the hidden nature of phrases:
An impossible to resist mixture of details, interest, and fun

Linguist Vivian prepare dinner takes us on an excellent sequence of tours into the background and which means of phrases: How will we research phrases as a baby? How are phrases born, and why do they die? Why perform a little by no means get spoken, and others by no means written? each one bankruptcy is charmingly illustrated—and observed by way of a wealthy collection of video games, lists, puzzles, and charges. From well mannered phrases to crass phrases, from p-c phrases to Shakespeare’s phrases, from foodstuff and wine phrases to jazz and drug words—the booklet is an exhilarating exploration into the abundance and diversity of phrases.

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