About this book
Subtitled, "Language As A Window Into Human Nature". The culmination of 2 trilogies, this follows "The Language Instinct", which sold 127,000 copies in the UK alone. It analyses what words mean and how we use them, and what they reveal about ourselves. It also explores the emotional aspect of language, from names to swear words, and the full power they have over us. 'Astonishingly readable' "Daily Telegraph"
Why do so many swear words involve topics like sex, bodily functions or the divine? Why do some children's names thrive while others fall out of favour? Why do we threaten and bribe and seduce in such elaborate, often comical ways? This title looks at how the relationship between words and thoughts can help us understand who we are.