Bryson displays an encyclopedic knowledge of his topic, and this inevitably encourages a light tone; the more you know about a subject, the more absurd it becomes. No jokes are necessary, the facts do well enough by themselves, and Bryson supplies tens per page. As well as tossing off gems of fractured English (from a Japanese eraser: "This product will self- destruct in Mother Earth."), Bryson frequently takes time to compare the idiosyncratic tongue with other languages. Not only does this give a laugh (one word: Welsh), and always shed considerable light, it also makes the reader feel fortunate to speak English. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fascinating and educational, written with Bryson's usual flair and humour.Published 4 days ago by VideoTim
Easy to read and full of quirky information. Not all his own research, but entertainingly presented.Published 21 days ago by Mrs Dora J Parry
It was entertaining. It was amusing. It was interesting. At first. And it was great to find a book that acknowledged that Welsh is a language. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Corgi Fan
A fantastic book that I've loved for years and am very happy to have found on kindle.Published 25 days ago by Kindle Customer
for any-one who is at all interested in words and language this is for you.Published 1 month ago by nana762
One of the very best books about the English language - over the years I've given it to lots of people who speak English really well but who have a different first language. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Livfoss