Stories That Words Tell Us

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(3.5 stars; 2 reviews)

A history of English words, written for younger readers.

Parental advisory: the text was published in 1918 and includes some ethnicity terms which may cause offense to the modern reader. - Summary by Kazbek (6 hr 3 min)


I. Some Stories of British History told from English Words 22:32 Read by Wayne Cooke
II. How we got our Christian Names and Surnames 29:14 Read by Garfield Dsouza
III. Stories in the Names of Places 17:38 Read by Kudrna
IV. New Names for New Places 24:59 Read by Ethan Voth
V. Stories in Old London Names 18:38 Read by Colleen McMahon
VI. Words made by Great Writers 15:43 Read by Connie Bettison
VII. Words the Bible has given us 12:18 Read by Ezekiel
VIII. Words from the Names of People 18:33 Read by Connie Bettison
IX. Words from the Names of Animals 20:09 Read by Louise J. Belle
X. Words from the Names of Places 16:23 Read by Chad Jackson
XI. Pictures in Words 23:05 Read by Bhavesh Aggarwal
XII. Words from National Character 16:17 Read by Wayne Cooke
XIII. Words made by War 13:58 Read by BettyB
XIV. Proverbs 11:03 Read by Kinjal
XV. Slang 19:22 Read by KevinS
XVI. Words which have changed their Meaning 35:15 Read by Ruth P.
XVII. Different Words with the Same Meaning, and the Same Words with Different … 20:55 Read by Ezekiel
XVIII. Nice Words for Nasty Things 14:18 Read by Louise J. Belle
XIX. The Moral of these Stories 13:37 Read by Garfield Dsouza


Technical Issue

(3 stars)

The only problem with this book is technical: the first 7 or 8 sections need to be edited. They are all too long, so the listener must manually move to the next section. Quite frustrating! The book is actually very interesting. I love etymology and language, and I learned quite a bit. Most of the narrators were very good.