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Mother Tongue : English and How It Got That Way

Mother Tongue : English and How It Got That Way - 90 edition

ISBN13: 978-0380715435

Cover of Mother Tongue : English and How It Got That Way 90 (ISBN 978-0380715435)
ISBN13: 978-0380715435
ISBN10: 0380715430
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 90
Publisher: Avon Books
Published: 1990
International: No

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Mother Tongue : English and How It Got That Way - 90 edition

ISBN13: 978-0380715435

Bill Bryson

ISBN13: 978-0380715435
ISBN10: 0380715430
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 90
Publisher: Avon Books

Published: 1990
International: No
Summary

Clever, insightful, often hilarious, The Mother Tongue is an engaging jaunt through the quirks and byways of the world's most important -- and baffling -- of languages. Readers will learn why island, freight, and colonel are spelled in such unphonetic ways; why four has a u in it but forty does not; why Noah Webster was a liar, a cheat, and a plagiarist; and other fascinating facts about our mother tongue.

Author Bio

Bryson, Bill :

Bill Bryson writes frequently for National Geographic, and has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Granta, Esquire, and GQ. His previous books include A Dictionary of Troublesome Words, The Lost Continent, The Mother Tongue, Neither Here nor There, and Made in America. He currently lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife and children.