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How did English, treated for centuries as the inadequate and second-rate tongue of peasants become the undisputed global language? How did words like shampoo, sofa and rowdy (and others drawn from over fifty languages) find their way into our dictionary? In this revealing and often hilarious book, Bill Bryson examines the mother tongue and explores the countless varietie How did English, treated for centuries as the inadequate and second-rate tongue of peasants become the undisputed global language? How did words like shampoo, sofa and rowdy (and others drawn from over fifty languages) find their way into our dictionary? In this revealing and often hilarious book, Bill Bryson examines the mother tongue and explores the countless varieties of English and the perils of marketing brands with names like Pschitt and Super Piss. With entertaining sections on the oddities of swearing and spelling, spoonerisms and Scrabble, and a consideration of what we mean by good English, Mother Tongue is one of the most stimulating books yet written on this endlessly engrossing subject.

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How did English, treated for centuries as the inadequate and second-rate tongue of peasants become the undisputed global language? How did words like shampoo, sofa and rowdy (and others drawn from over fifty languages) find their way into our dictionary? In this revealing and often hilarious book, Bill Bryson examines the mother tongue and explores the countless varietie How did English, treated for centuries as the inadequate and second-rate tongue of peasants become the undisputed global language? How did words like shampoo, sofa and rowdy (and others drawn from over fifty languages) find their way into our dictionary? In this revealing and often hilarious book, Bill Bryson examines the mother tongue and explores the countless varieties of English and the perils of marketing brands with names like Pschitt and Super Piss. With entertaining sections on the oddities of swearing and spelling, spoonerisms and Scrabble, and a consideration of what we mean by good English, Mother Tongue is one of the most stimulating books yet written on this endlessly engrossing subject.
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Title Mother Tongue Height 12.9
Bill Bryson Width 1.8
ISBN-13 9780140143058 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #014014305X Spine Width
Publisher Penguin Books Pages 288
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