Author(s): Tom Chatfield
Composed of 100 bite-sized entries of 400 to 600 words each, Netymology weaves together stories, etymologies and analyses around digital culture's transformation, and creation, of words. Tom Chatfield presents a kaleidoscopic, thought-provoking tour through the buried roots of some of the digital age's most common terms: from the @ and Apple symbols, to HTML and Trojan horses, to the twisted histories of new forms of slang, memes, text messages and gaming terms. There's also discussion of the trends behind digital words, and of the ways language itself is being shaped by new forces - and revelations about how these forces are, in turn, reshaping us.
Tom Chatfield is the author of four previous books of non-fiction exploring digital culture. Tom is also a fortnightly columnist for the BBC, a TED veteran, international speaker and broadcaster, and has worked with some of the world's leading technology firms. He took a doctorate and taught at St John's College, Oxford, before moving to write in London.