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The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
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Jan 31, 10

bookshelves: general-interest, humour, 2010-read
Read from January 20 to 31, 2010

Entertaining and informative book about the English language. Pointing out the absurdities and inconsistencies inherent in speech and writings of English as well as it's flexibility and versatility.

Bryson writes well as usual, although with less obvious humor than his later works. The book dates to 1990 so is naturally somewhat dated and one can already see how English has continued to develop since the internet developed (itself a word likely not invented at the time of writing!)
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