Book Review: The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
3 Stars , Non-Fiction / December 10, 2010

I borrowed this book. My rating for The Mother Tongue – 3 About: “The Mother Toungue” by Bill Bryson is a book which I highly recommend to any bibliophile of trivia enthusiast (triviaphile?).  For any person who ever had to learn to idiosyncrasies of the language, this book will provide a fascinating overview of the strange rules and nuances of English.  If you think that learning English is not a big deal, try to define the word “what”. You think you know English? Buy this book to find out why you don’t Thoughts: Mr. Bryson had the advantage of being an American journalist in England, so he takes into account the American English and English English varieties and the differences (some subtle, some not-so-much) between them.  The first several chapters are a general introduction to English, how it has become the language we speak today and why it has been globally accepted. For obvious reasons these chapters move between what we know, what we think, and what we guess has happened over the course of several centuries. | The real meat of the book appears in the latter chapters where a large number of surprising facts appear (Shakespeare introduced 1,685…

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