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The Prodigal Tongue by Mark Abley
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Apr 29, 12

Read in April, 2012

A compact survey of trends in English, this book is perhaps more interesting to read four years after it was published a lot of the cutting edge stuff has changed and I could think about it with more distance. Some of the technology is new--he doesn't cover Google Translate's ability to translate a whole web page for you--but I liked how he structures the book (chapters hit on technology, English as international common language, black English before and after hip hop). If you're feeling stressed by change he doesn't exactly give you comfort but the advice to speak as clear as you can and people will probably understand you isn't bad.
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