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on 11 October 2015
There are lots of popular linguistics books and for a while I was worried that Bill Bryson was going to cover much of the same ground. However, he manages to unearth quite a lot of information that I, at least, hadn't come across before. Most seemed to be chosen for its entertainment value, which is fine in a book that makes no pretence at scholarship. I prefer Bill Bryson when he is writing from personal experience rather than research, but his enthusiasm for this topic shines through and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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on 29 June 2017
My first stab at Bryson, entertaining and informative easy to read and in funny in places. Will read more
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on 24 March 2017
brilliant and really funny
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on 6 July 2017
enjoyed the intro and the history of how separate accents developed. Nuggets about pub signs were also fairly interesting, but after awhile most examples, while individual in themselves, were relentlessly paraded one after another in a very touch and go manner to the effect that the book felt a repetitive read.
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on 14 May 2017
Entertaining and thought-provoking. It's a shame that it is out of date, being written at the end of the '80's.
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on 21 May 2017
Scintillating, absorbing and unputdownable! Loved every chapter each of which produced a laugh, a gasp of amazement or an urgent to learn more.
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on 16 May 2017
A magical journey with enlightenment and humour.
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on 24 June 2017
Interesting
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on 9 October 2016
Excellent,thank you
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on 16 July 2017
A good read
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