The Mother Tongue

Bill Bryson

Just after I finished Eats, Shoots & Leaves a friend recommended this book, as another take on the funny grammar book. It’s more about linguistics than grammar and namely how English came to be such a world dominant language. The history of how English evolved is certainly the best part, especially learning why there are so many inconsistent spellings and pronunciations. It gets a little less hilarious and interesting in the late chapters of the book, but it must have been better than The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, as it was due a few days ago at the library and I’ve been racking up a fine while I finished it up.