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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2010
I received this book as a gift from my English wife because, as an American ex-pat, I am constantly fascinated by the differences in our respective languages. She was far more disappointed in it than I. It's not bad, so long as you ignore any and all references to American English. The author writes with authority, but his grasp of our usage of English is severely lacking. I found myself laughing out loud on multiple occasions.

Still, it's an entertaining read and, in parts, quite informative.
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on 8 August 2012
Unlike the David Crystal version, this is a book about words that relate to English people and culture.

Goes from irony to sarcasm, encompasses eccentric and quaint and nudges up against queues and jobsworths. Has some grumbling and a jolly time before reaching for the toast.

Very good, and well worth a read
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2009
I always love Tony Thorne's work, he combines dry wit with his own special brand of urbane erudition that illuminates every page. He's the kind of writer one would love to have at one's dinner table because you know his conversation would be both fascinating and entertaining.
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