Words on Words: Quotations About Language and Languages (Penguin Reference Books)

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Words are the currency of human communication. Intrinsic to every aspect of our lives, they inform all that we do and colour our perception of the world. In fact, to quote Kipling, words are "the most powerful drug used by mankind". This original anthology brings together over 5000 wise, witty and diverting quotations from wordsmiths across the centuries, ranging from Plato, Voltaire, Shakespeare and Dickens to Margaret Thatcher, Alan Bennett and Bill Gates. Arranged in 65 thematic sections, it covers all aspects of language from flattery and deceit to conversation and argument, and from friendly language to words as weapons. With three indexes by author, keyword and source, "Words on Words" is invaluable for reference as well as great fun to dip into. As Lady Mary Wortley Montagu tells us: "No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting".

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David Crystal is a leading authority on the English Language. He is honorary Professor of Linguistics at University of Wales and the author of many books both for Penguin and CUP. Most recently for Penguin 'Language Play'. Hilary Crystal is a linguist and speech therapist. Jointly they edit the Cambridge Encyclopedia and Factfinder. They live in Holyhead, Anglesey.

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