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The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
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Sep 03, 08

Recommended for: adela
Read in September, 2008

I got this book from Madonna.

Loving every page of this book, as it really keeps rolling on and keeps getting more and more interesting.

However, I have to be fair to Steve who said something to the effect of "it was the same thing over and over again - every page: 'The English Language is f***ed up... blah blah blah... look how f***ed up the English Language is... blah blah blah... here's another example of how f***ed up English is, as a language... blah blah blah' etc."
He's totally right. That's exactly the book, in a nutshell. But a very entertaining one. Full of good info and interesting facts about the history of the language.

For example, I learned that Shakespeare is responsible for appx. 2,000 of the words we use in English, to this day. Really. He just made up a bunch of words (2,000), pulled them out of his arse, and because he was such a cool, popular guy, they stuck.
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