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.
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