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For Learning, For Life - Simon Horobin 'Bagels, Bumf, and Buses'

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Join us for one of our 'For Learning, For Life' talks, offering the opportunity to explore and learn a fascinating subject this new year.

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Blackwells is delighted to be welcoming Simon Horobin who will be introducing his new book 'Bagels, Bumf and Buses: A Day in the Life of the English Language' as part of our 'For Learning, For Life' talks.

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Where do our everyday words come from? The bagel you eat for breakfast, the bumf you have to wade through at the office, and the bus that takes you home again: we use these words without thinking about their origins or how their meanings have changed over time. Simon Horobin takes the reader on a journey through a typical day, showing how the words we use to describe routine activities - getting up, going to work, eating meals - have surprisingly fascinating histories.

Simon Horobin is Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College. He is the author of The English Language: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2018), How English Became English (OUP, 2016), and Does Spelling Matter? (OUP, 2013). He has appeared as an English language expert on radio and television programmes such as Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show and Radio 4's Stephen Fry's English Delight.

All 'For Learning For Life' talks are free to attend and everyone is welcome, please register in advance. Talks may be taking place in our Philosophy Department, which is only accessible via a small set of stairs. Seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first seated basis, with standing room available. For all enquiries, please email us on events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.

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