The Last Word: Tales from the Tip of the Mother Tongue

Do you know your geek-speak from your geek-chic? Ever wanted to put Humpty Dumpty together again? Can you distinguish Spanglish from Chinglish? We adapt words from other languages, from slang, from developments in science, literature and art. Learn the advantages of having your own signature word; why the lifts in the House of Commons have posh accents; and, discover the discreet art of the loophemism. Witty and utterly delightful, "The Last Word" will tease, tickle and tantalise those who enjoy all things lexical.

Published: 02/06/2010
Reviews:Daily Telegraph Books of the Year wrote:

A sprinkling of delightful nuggets about the uses and abuses of the English language

Observer wrote:

Macintyre is simply a splendidly well-read man ... These pieces come up fresh and even wiser, and all the better for being so collated


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