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The Last Word Tales from the Tip of the Mother Tongue by Ben Macintyre

The Last Word Tales from the Tip of the Mother Tongue


The Last Word Tales from the Tip of the Mother Tongue by Ben Macintyre

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.


'A sprinkling of delightful nuggets about the uses and abuses of the English language'
Daily Telegraph Books of the Year

'After reading The Last Word you may feel compelled to tell a fib - a poem whose syllables follow the Fibonacci sequence - one of myriad delights in Ben Macintyre's musings on language. Discover the accidental poetry of e-mail spam and the literary joy of peculiar cricketing terms'
The Times Books of the Year

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

About the Author

Ben Macintyre

Ben Macintyre is a columnist and Associate Editor on The Times. He has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He is the author of eight previous books including Agent Zigzag, shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Galaxy British Book Award for Biography of the Year 2008, and the no. 1 bestseller Operation Mincemeat. He lives in London with his wife and three children.

Photo © Jerry Bauer

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Book Info

Publication date

6th September 2010


Ben Macintyre

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


320 pages


Language: history & general works
Slang & dialect humour



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