By Ruth Wajnryb
Does a notice suggest what it says? occasionally - yet no longer regularly. every body thinks that that means is contained inside of phrases - like sardines in a tin, or milk in a bottle. in the end, phrases are great reliable issues that you should search for in a dictionary are usually not they? yet dictionaries merely take us so far... if you happen to eavesdropped on a teenage dialog, speeding to a dictionary - with its definitions frozen in time - would not support a lot. who is utilizing a observe and to whom, in what context, for what function - these kind of effect the which means of the language we use. The word's origins and background (its 'genetics') additionally aid. try out instructing your self one other language from a phrasebook and you may quickly examine so you might be right, within the formal experience, yet nonetheless method in the back of the days in truth. during this e-book Wajnryb considers those and different inquiries to discover how and why our language works how it does.