Bill Bryson's Mother Tongue is a hymn to the English language. In examining how a second-rate, mongrel tongue came to be the undisputed language of the globe, Bryson explores English from America to Australia and looks at, among other things, swearing, spelling, spoonerisms and Scrabble. No self-respecting English speaker should open his mouth ...Read MoreBill Bryson's Mother Tongue is a hymn to the English language. In examining how a second-rate, mongrel tongue came to be the undisputed language of the globe, Bryson explores English from America to Australia and looks at, among other things, swearing, spelling, spoonerisms and Scrabble. No self-respecting English speaker should open his mouth without reading it.Read Less
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Bryson gives an informative, light-hearted view of our crazy language and how it evolved and is still evolving today.
Well worth the time and effort to read.
Aug 18, 2007
Bill's tongue and ours
Bill Bryson is not just a writer but a former newspaperman. He brings a journalist's eye to what he writes about and is not afraid of facts and figures. He takes the history of the English language and makes it interesting. This isn't a scholarly journal filled with phrases and abbreviations only known to graduate students. It is very readable and understandable and when you're finished, you feel you've learned something in an enjoyable way.
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