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Henry Hitchings: The Language Wars

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November 2011, no. 336

Henry Hitchings: The Language Wars

Reviewed by
November 2011, no. 336

Becoffined words

Bruce Moore

 

The Language Wars: A History of Proper English
by Henry Hitchings
Hodder & Stoughton, $39.99 hb, 408 pp, 9781848542082

 

Henry Hitchings has written a number of well-received books on aspects of the English language, including Dr Johnson’s Dictionary: The Extraordinary Story of the Book That Defined the World (2005) and The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English (2008), which focuses on the numerous borrowings that English has made from other languages.