(EBOOK / KINDLE) The Mother Tongue English and How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson

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Bill Bryson Î 6 Free read Read · PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Î Bill Bryson Free read The Mother Tongue English and How It Got That Way With dazzling wit and astonishing insight Bill Bryson the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent brilliantly explores the remarkable history eccentricities resilie. The one thing that bothered me the most about this book was a huge error it had on swearwords in reference to my mother tongue Finnish p 210 Ch Swearing in my Penguin paperback Some cultures don t swear at all The Finns lacking the sort of words you need to describe your feelings when you stub your toe getting up to answer a phone at 200 am rather oddly adopted the word ravintolassa It means in the restaurant I mean what the hell We Finns have probably the world s most colourful collection of swearwords Someone pulled old Bill s leg and did it properly too That casts doubt on all he has written really And nobody says ravintolassa unless they do in fact mean in the restaurant

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Bill Bryson Î 6 Free read Read · PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Î Bill Bryson Free read The Mother Tongue English and How It Got That Way Nce and sheer fun of the English language From the first descent of the larynx into the throat why you can talk but your dog can't to the fine lost art of swearing. Ever since I learned to read English has been my favourite language I took to it like a duck takes to water at least I guess they take to it willingly and that baby ducks are not paddled until their feathers fly by Mamma Duck to make them This was the cause of the eternal chagrin of my mother who being a staunch nationalist wanted me to prefer Hindi over English She recited to me a famous couplet in Malayalam which saidOther languages are merely nannies For man the native tongue is the motherI replied that in that case Malayalam is my mother and both Hindi and English are nannies And I just happened to prefer my English nanny over my native one She had no answer to thatWell I am glad I stuck to English over Hindi because this is one crazy nanny totally idiosyncratic and eccentric just like me And to tell you how eccentric who better than Bill BrysonIf you approach this book hoping for a scholarly analysis of the English language you are going to be sorely disappointed For that don t come to old Bill What he does is to throw out titbits or tidbits in the US as they the consider the former spelling risue so Bryson tells me of information some useful some useless some bizarre but all fascinating One thing you can be sure of you won t be disappointedThis book is a linguistic historical and geographical romp through English wherein Bill tackles such varied subjects as1 The origin and spread of English2 The evolution of words3 Pronunciation4 Spelling5 The varieties of English both inside the UK and outside6 Dictionaries and their producers7 Where names come from8 Profanity9 Wordplay and much There is not a single boring sentence You are guaranteed to be snickering throughout AMOUR FOU DE DIEU (ANNE SIGIER) until their feathers fly by Mamma Duck to make them This was the cause of the eternal chagrin of my mother who being a staunch nationalist wanted me to prefer Hindi over English She recited to me a famous couplet in Malayalam which saidOther languages are merely nannies For man the native tongue is the motherI replied that in that case Malayalam is my mother and both Hindi and English are nannies And I just happened to prefer my English nanny over my native one She had no answer to thatWell I am glad I stuck to English over Hindi because this is one crazy nanny totally idiosyncratic and eccentric just like me And to tell you how eccentric who better than Bill BrysonIf you approach this book hoping for a scholarly analysis of the English language you are going to be sorely disappointed For that don t come to old Bill What he does is to throw out titbits or tidbits in the US as they the consider the former spelling risue so Bryson tells me of information some amours fous, passions fatales (HISTOIRE DE L'ART) useful some

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Bill Bryson Î 6 Free read Read · PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Î Bill Bryson Free read The Mother Tongue English and How It Got That Way Bryson tells the fascinating often uproarious story of an inadeuate second rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industrie. Non fiction Published in 1990 this book is already a little out of date In its first pages Bryson reports OED editor Robert Burchfield s theory that American English and British English are drifting apart so rapidly that within two hundred years we won t be able to understand each other That was a theory made back when cell phones still reuired a battery the size of an unabridged dictionary long before the internet became such a large part of the way the world communicates in a time when you couldn t imagine downloading a British Doctor Who or an American Stargate Atlantis to your iPod We live in a new world Unfortunately it s also a world where the Harry Potter books are translated for American readers lest we be too confused by the lingo What s this Harry s eating a biscuit And wearing a jumper While battling Fizzolian Snargletoothed Whatsits This book is impenetrable JK Rowling aside with communication technology becoming smaller cheaper and powerful I think we ll still be able to communicate two hundred years down the line Bryson eventually disagrees with Burchfield for many of the same reasons though he was unable to cite the internet as a factorIn that way this book is showing its age the chapter on online language use is of course conspicuously absent but it s got the history part down Bryson spends most of his time looking at how we got where we are today Where English came from how it got to England where it went from there With its in text references footnotes extensive bibliography and index this book looks almost academic but Bryson an American living in England handles it all with a cheerfully low key sense of humor almost as if Terry Pratchett had turned his eye to grammar and even a refreshingly open approach to the word fuck in the chapter on swearingMy one complaint is that despite being loosely hung on British and American history for the most part the book lacks a greater structure and ends up reading like a series of interesting facts But hell they got my attention and as it happened the attention of everyone around me Hey Did you know the Romans had no word for grey Since English as this book proves is a big crazy mess I guess Bryson can be excused for not being able to wrangle its history into a pleasing order Lack of structure aside I really enjoyed reading this and will be reading books by Bryson in the future


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  • Paperback
  • 270
  • The Mother Tongue English and How It Got That Way
  • Bill Bryson
  • English
  • 07 November 2020
  • 9780380715435