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Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue is the most entertaining book about linguistics that I've read. Not only did it give me excellent background to how and why our language formed, but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It was a book club selection I had to read, but I didn't enjoy it much. It seems the author doth protest too much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. Peterson
John McWhorter is terrific - I find his language books as entertaining as they are educational.Published 2 months ago by JG
This is an extremely chatty, witty and exceptionally informative history of the development of English from its Germanic roots. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robin Helweg Larsen
I have always wondered what made English such a different language and McWhorter gives the answers. I have read it twice so far and loaned it to a few people.Published 3 months ago by Donald R Webre
The best ever analysis of English Language. I have degree in English Language and the way this book is written is absolutely incredible. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Masha
There are some interesting points in the book about Celtic and Scandinavian influences on English grammar, but I agree with other reviewers here that the author is highly... Read morePublished 5 months ago by farington
Extremely disappointing. One man's amateur musings on the mechanics of the English language. The arguments are almost entirely unsupported. Read morePublished 6 months ago by hallstot
Lively and engaging study that seems to apply healthy doses of a sense of history and of human behavior to reach reasonable and sometimes enticing conclusions about how English got... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Antoinette M Mathis