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Lonely Planet's Profanisaurus!,
This review is from: British Language & Culture (Lonely Planet Language Reference) (Paperback)
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British Language and Culture gives you a brief, but informative history of the English language and explores its many quirks and unique traits. After reading this, I found myself being more aware of the language I was using. If you always wondered why the plural of man is men and child is children, then this little gem reveals all.
It certainly doesn't shy away from the more explicit language and you'll probably not be surprised to know how rich English is in its ability to express insult and profanity.
Whilst students of English may disagree, this book argues the point that our language has been simplifying itself over the centuries and this book points out how odd it is for German to have seven words for "you" or for many languages to assign illogical genders to inanimate objects. (BTW, I've always found the French counting system truly bizarre - after sixty-eight and sixty-nine, they say sixty-ten, sixty-eleven and carry on up to sixty-nineteen, when they say four twenties).
Elements of etiquette (including potential pitfalls for the visitor to these shores) and culture are included too and it's all rather well and amusingly written.
Both fun and informative, I just love this little book (and I'm not joking when I say little - it's a mere 3½" by 5½")!