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Friday, August 3, 2018

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue - John McWhorter

Most people know the English language is a mixture of many different languages, but aren't so certain of where everything comes from. Why is the plural of mouse mice, while the plural of moose is moose? Why do we use "do" to preface our verbs, while other languages simply use the verb? Why are the conjugations of our verbs vary so wildly in comparison to other languages? Do words and phrases really shape our way of thinking? These and so many other questions are answered in this fantastic book.

I enjoyed ever chapter of this book. McWhorter made this complicated topic readable and even humorous at times. If you want to learn more about language, I recommend this and any of McWhorter's fantastic books.

More by the Author:
Talking Back, Talking Black
The Power of Babel
The Language Hoax

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