Much Ado About English: Up and Down the Bizarre Byways of a Fascinating Language

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English is the world language - it is used in 115 countries, and around 70 percent of webpages are in English. But English is also complex and unpredictable. Its massive range and wealth of quirks make it fascinating and surprising to native speakers and newcomers alike. Richard Watson Todd's Much Ado About English: Up and Down the Bizarre Byways of a Fascinating Language takes readers on an entertaining journey through the peculiarities, illogicalities and sheer charm of the English language, wandering down the language's idiosyncratic and surprising byways. Richard Watson Todd considers everything from erratic spelling to unexpected uses, where words have come from and how they have changed, and the myriad ways we use this flexible tongue. From onomatopeia to cliches, politically correct language to Cockney rhyming slang, metaphors and oxymorons, here is a light-hearted and engaging view of a mother tongue.

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  • Becca-Rawr

    This was a really fun book to read, especially on a really busy weekend. As an English Major, it's always fun to dive into the language I love to use. This book dives into said language, but ignores t...

  • Toby

    Short and sweet discussion about some of the peculiarities of the English language. I'm a word nerd but I learned new things from this book: For example, using the word 'bread' for money comes from Co...

  • Casey

    It was a fun little read. Not a lot of meat on these bones though. Certainly not an in depth look at it. But if you have an interest in some of the reasons why English may seem (and actually is) rathe...

  • Edy Gies

    What a fun book! English is a wonderfully adept and exciting language, but why? Todd explores the oddities of English and it marvelous and strange ways. My favorite was learning that English has a wor...

  • Jade

    Anyone with an interest in reading and the English Language will find this a great way to pass the time. If we say one mouse and two mice why don't we say one house and two hice? Our language has such...

  • Charity

    I like nerdy books and this is one of them. Interesting facts about our crazy language as well as origins of various words and how the English has evolved....

  • Sara

    just a fun read :)...

  • Karen

    Fun Book, short chapters. So interesting to see how our language evolved. And it continues to evolve--Unique anyone?...

  • Steve

    A funny compilation of English's weirdest words. And phrases. Fun read!...