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Much Ado About English

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Richard Watson Todd touches on all aspects of the English language, from onomatopeia to cliches, politically correct language to Cockney rhyming slang, metaphors and oxymorons, in a lighthearted and engaging manner."
Paperback, 156 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Nicholas Brealey Publishing (first published October 25th 2006)
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Feb 04, 2011 Becca-Rawr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun book to read, especially on a really busy weekend. As an English Major, it's always fun to dive into the language I love to use. This book dives into said language, but ignores the boring drabble that bores even myself.

The chapters are fun and thought provoking, about all sorts of aspects of the language. And even chapters you'd think would be boring, like plurals, the author makes enjoyable.
Jan 16, 2010 Toby rated it really liked it
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Short and sweet discussion about some of the peculiarities of the English language. I'm a word nerd but I learned new things from this book: For example, using the word 'bread' for money comes from Cockney rhyming slang (bread and honey = money). The plural of 'octopus' is NOT 'octopi' since the root of the word is Greek and the convention of changing 'us' to 'i' for the plural is Latin. Proper Greek would be 'octopodes' but the conventional English plural is 'octopuses'. I knew that 'e' is the ...more
Edy Gies
What a fun book! English is a wonderfully adept and exciting language, but why? Todd explores the oddities of English and it marvelous and strange ways. My favorite was learning that English has a word for almost everything, e.g. spanghew - the action of throwing a frog in the air and catching it. This is a great way to get students or anyone stuck learning the language to appreciate its idiosyncrasies and grammar. Highly recommend!
Oct 04, 2008 Charity rated it really liked it
I like nerdy books and this is one of them. Interesting facts about our crazy language as well as origins of various words and how the English has evolved.
Fun Book, short chapters. So interesting to see how our language evolved. And it continues to evolve--Unique anyone?
Aug 11, 2011 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A funny compilation of English's weirdest words. And phrases. Fun read!
Aug 01, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
just a fun read :)
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