Dictionary of English Down the Ages Words and Phrases Born Out of Historical Events Great and Small Linda Flavell, Roger Flavell
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Throughout history, events great and small have left their mark on the way we speak. Columbus's discovery of America introduced to Europe new foodstuffs such as chilli and chocolate – and the words that described them. The Normans gave us the feudal system and curfews, while the flourishing of Dutch art in the seventeenth century introduced easels, etchings and landscapes. Before the 1970s green was a colour with connotations of naivety rather than ecology and until 1990 webs were mostly attached to spiders. Starting from 1066 and working through to modern-day techno-speak, Dictionary of English Down the Ages links hundreds of words with the historical upheavals and minor social changes which gave them life.
Linda Flavell has a degree in modern languages and subsequent qualifications in secondary and primary teaching. Flavell has worked as an English teacher internationally and as a librarian. She has written three simplified readers for overseas students and co-authored, with her husband Roger, several dictionaries of etymologies. Roger, who died in December 2005, had many years’ experience working for London University’s Institute of Education, concerned latterly with education and international development, and with online education. The Flavells’ titles for Kyle Books are A Dictionary of English Down the Ages, Dictionary of Proverbs and Dictionary of Idioms, which are also available in a recently revised edition.
Roger Flavell worked for many years at London University’s Institute of Education, concerned latterly with education and international development, and with online education. He travelled widely in pursuit of his principal interests in education and training language teachers. He also worked as an indpendent educational consultant. Roger and his wife Linda Flavell, an English teacher both in England and overseas, shared an enthusiasm for the English languague which shows through in their published Dictionary Series of English Down the Ages, Proverbs, Idioms and Word Origins.