Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States
Bill Bryson turns away from the highways and byways of middle America, so hilariously depicted in his bestselling The Lost Continent, for a fast, exhilarating ride along the Route 66 of American language and popular culture.
In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land - explaining how a dusty desert hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how t
Does that sound almost sacrilegious to you? Ask yourself th ...more
Specifically, the reader is invited to imagine a conversation between two reviewers, both of whom live inside my head. As will become evident, one is infinitely more crotchety than the other, possibly to the extent of bloody-mindedness. To keep guesswork to a minimum, I will alternate between regular and italic fonts.
This exploration of American English by Bill Bryson contains a wealth of entertaining anecdotal material that is unfortunately often bu ...more
The debunking is endless! Barely a page was turned that didn't leave me amazed at how much I don't know, and just how far away from documented history is the ...more
For me the book for pretty slow starting. The chapters about the founding fathers of America was pretty tough because a lot of the writing relied upon prior knowledge of the subject, of which I have very little, but past that, this book is typical Bryson.
Funny whilst unbelievably informing this book is ...more
When Bryson uses vocabulary examples to support larger narratives or points, he's brilliant. When was American English adapted from British English (losing 'doth' and 'liveth'), how was it altered by different eras of immigration, and wh ...more
Here's just a few of the myriad of things I learned from this book:
- The term "ham actor" was coined because lesser actors used to use ham fat to remove their make-up, rather tha ...more
That aside, this book has so much fun trivia that I have decided to buy a hard copy. It is all about American language and how our verbiage originated. It is set u ...more
This books is one of this direction changes. Here, he looks at the history of English in his native America. He addresses a variety of issues, and looks at a variety of times. So he talk ...more
Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the U.S.
Bill Bryson is always a reliable author as far as non-fiction story telling. Made in America isn't as funny as some of his travel adventure tales, but I enjoyed the history lessons worked into the threads of his story about word origins, etc.
However, this particular subject must have been ra ...more
Note: This was a book that I received as a bookr ...more
In The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson's hilarious first t ...more