Fry's English Delight 6,
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I found this to be a mixed bag. Fry is always entertaining and erudite. And amusing. But I found the first of these four programmes, 'Rhetoric', heavy going. Like being lectured to by a Professor of Linguistics. Which I suppose it was. The next subject was spelling, and this was fascinating. The English language is one of the most difficult to learn partly because of the way the same sounds can be spelt quite differently, and the same spellings of phonemes pronounced equally differently (e.g. 'ough' in thought; cough; through). 'Words Without End' dealt with the continuing expansion of the English vocabulary (with an amusing excerpt of Blackadder to entertain us). The final subject is the word 'F***'. Yes, Fry is never afraid to approach a potentially difficult subject, and the possible origins, and varied usage of this word over many centuries is explored, with help from academics, Geoffrey Robertson QC, and Kathy Burke.
Overall, an interesting listen; not one just for background listening.