The Mother Tongue

Average vote of 110
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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, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx in ...Continua
Inaeugenia
Wrote 2/25/21
Very amusing book about the English language, its origins and development, its many eccentricities and the differences between B E and AmE. I found the chapters on spelling and grammar really funny. Now the book, published in 1990, appears a bit out...Continua
ary29
Wrote 11/17/10
Inaccurate and outdated
I had enjoyed "Made in America" so much that I had great expectations for "Mother Tongue" as well... I was really disappointed instead. So many inaccuracies about Italian and other languages I know raise doubts about the accuracy of the rest. The boo...Continua
Samsara
Wrote 6/17/10
So, this is the story of English... and written by Bill Bryson... THE Bill Bryson! Once upon a time, England was home of some civilized Celtic people who adopt Roman culture. But when Rome fell apart, the barbaric Angie and Saxon tribes manageded to...Continua
Ramnagel
Wrote 7/3/09
Entertaining Stories About Language
Entertaining book on English and languages in general. Bryson is his characteristic self: amusing and informed. I marked this book down one star because I had the feeling that Bryson's facts were a bit dubious. I have since googled this and it seems...Continua
dalai lala
Wrote 12/29/07

I adore Bill Bryson! Very fun to read, even for a veteran word lover.


ary29
Wrote Nov 16, 2010, 22:56
Volapük ... died with almost as much speed as it had arisen.
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ary29
Wrote Nov 16, 2010, 22:53
the Italian schiacchenze, which is simply a literal rendering of the English shake hands.
Pag. 178
ary29
Wrote Nov 16, 2010, 22:49
Spaniards, when they feel chilly, don a sueter.
Pag. 177
ary29
Wrote Nov 16, 2010, 19:53
Italian women coat their faces with col-cream
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ary29
Wrote Nov 13, 2010, 16:17
The word comes from the old French coronelle, which the French adapted from the Italian colonello
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