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Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
This is how I know I'm a real English teacher - I have a shelf dedicated to books just about English. The history of English, the uses and misuses of...more
Jun 30, 2008
Jan 31, 2008
Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language
I, for obvious reasons, have a great affection for the English Language. It's a rich and exciting tongue, with a history as tangled and strange as the...more
Jun 07, 2010
Jun 12, 2010
The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English
There are many ways to write human history. Most writers of history books tend to go the traditional way - following kings and queens, wars, revolutio...more
Jun 05, 2010
Jun 05, 2010
Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory
When I was last home for Christmas, my mother pretty much shoved this book into my hands and said, "You have to read this." And far be it from me to i...more
May 31, 2009
May 31, 2009
Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction
As the title says, this is indeed a very short introduction. Linguistics is a science that is well over a century old, and there's been reams and ream...more
Feb 25, 2006
Feb 25, 2008
The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way
This is my second Bryson book for the year (the first being A Short History of Nearly Everything), but this is probably the fourth time I've read this...more
Apr 18, 2008
Jan 31, 2008
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