I am sure this delightful tiny book is not meant for the British market. Nevertheless I would highly recommend it to British readers, not as a guide to our language and culture , but as an extremely funny glimpse of how others view us and the way in which we speak our language - it provides an excellent opportunity for us to 'see ourselves as others see us'! Just occasionally I had a flash of irritation at some of the comments - after all we did invent 'English' and so should surely have the copyright on the correct way to speak it - but the remarks are humorous rather than critical, humour of a gentle kindly meant nature. As I read I was frequently amazed at how on earth we [especially small children!] ever manage to grasp this complex language of ours. How is that that we 'just know' for example that 'the Met' is the London Metropolitan Police department as well as 'Met office being short for the national weather service or that a duvet is a warm quilt covering a bed with a removable cover whereas an eiderdown/quilt doesn't have a removable cover? I wanted to share this small gem of a book with so many people I shall be purchasing extra copies to use as christmas stocking fillers.fjs
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