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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market edition (21 May 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447255461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447255468
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An authoritative, entertaining book about our accents, and what they say about us

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Some people say scohn, while others say schown.
He says bath, while she says bahth.
You say potayto. I say potahto.

Everyone has an accent, though many of us think we don't. We all have our likes and dislikes about the way other people speak, and everyone has something to say about 'correct' pronunciation. But how did all these accents come about, and why do people feel so strongly about them? Are regional accents dying out as English becomes a global language? And most importantly of all: what went wrong in Birmingham?

Witty, authoritative and jam-packed full of fascinating facts, You Say Potato is a celebration of the myriad ways in which the English language is spoken - and how our accents, in so many ways, speak louder than words.

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