500 Years of New Words

Overview

500 Years of New Words takes you on an exciting journey through the English language from the days before Shakespeare to the first decade of the 21st century. All the main entries are arranged not alphabetically by in chronological order based on the earliest known year that each word was printed or written down.

Beginning with "America" in 1507 and spanning the centuries to "Marsiphobiphiliac" in 2004 (a person who would love to go to Mars but is afraid of being marooned there), this book can be opened at any page and the reader will discover a dazzling array of linguistic delights. In other words, this book is unputdownable (the main entry for 1947). If Shakespeare were alive today, he would buy this book.

About the Author

Bill Sherk

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014

Bill Sherk

Bill Sherk taught high school history in Toronto for over 30 years. Currently he is a feature writer for Old Autos and also writes a weekly syndicated column, "Old Car Detective," for 30 Canadian newspapers. He is also the author of I'll Never Forget My First Car and Old Car Detective. Sherk lives in Leamington, Ontario.