Bill Bryson (PDF) The Mother Tongue English and How It Got That Way



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  1. says:

    I have to share my discontent with the world after keeping the words bottled up inside me for so longI bought this book abo

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    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

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    The Mother Tongue is the story of the evolution of the English language from its humble beginnings as a Germanic tongue to what it

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    I gave this book 4 stars for an enjoyable reading experience But if I'm being honest I'm not entirely sure how accurate it is The idea of this b

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    I know exactly a little bit about English and a little bit less about linguistics in general Studied a few foreign languag

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    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

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    Non fiction Published in 1990 this book is already a little out of date In its first pages Bryson reports OED editor Robert Burchfield's theory that American English and British English are drifting apart so rapidly that within two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 int

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    1★ DNFI thought this would be fun I love words and languages and have a passing interest in linguistics I started this with enthusiasm and was enjoying his breezy style until it occurred to me that a lot of what he was saying seem

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    What a hilarious fascinating and educational look at our wacky wonderful and WAY complicated language If English is your mother tongue this book will amaze and amuse you with interesting tidbits about just how our language evolved into the wonder it is If you had to learn English as a second language and power to you then bless your

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    I teach English as a foreign language but other than that linguistics and language learning is just a hobby having said that I know enough Irish German Czech Russian and Spanish to know that the things he said about these languages are half truths or complete and utter codswallop For example claiming that the

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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 Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy: The Inside Story of the Sustainable Development Goals p 210 Ch Swearing in my Penguin All Night Long (Nannies, 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 Bronze Age Mindset phone at 200 am rather oddly adopted the word ravintolassa It means in the restaurant I mean what the hell We Finns have The Freeze-Frame Revolution probably the world s most colourful collection of swearwords Someone The New-York Review, and Atheneum Magazine, Vol. 2 pulled old Bill s leg and did it Mon patron voulait que je tape les seins nus properly too That casts doubt on all he has written really And nobody says ravintolassa unless they do in fact mean in the restaurant

Review The Mother Tongue English and How It Got That Way

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 Trial of a Feminizer 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 The Breach of Crowns 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 Icebergs 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 The Line producers7 Where names come from8 Profanity9 Wordplay and much There is not a single boring sentence You are guaranteed to be snickering throughout

Download Ï E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ä Bill Bryson

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 What a hilarious fascinating and educational look at our wacky wonderful and WAY complicated language If English is your mother tongue this book will amaze and amuse you with interesting tidbits about just how our language evolved into the wonder it is If you had to learn English as a second language and power to you then bless your heart for taking on the task You will read this book and say YES absolutely I always wondered etc Bill Bryson turns his sharp eyes to The Mother Tongue and takes us all on a fabulous journey through and overview of the intricacies of human language You will laugh smile and learn a few things while you re at it