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The Mother Tongue English & How It Got That Way

by Bill Bryson

  • ISBN: 9780380715435
  • ISBN10: 0380715430

The Mother Tongue English & How It Got That Way

by Bill Bryson

  • List Price: $15.99
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
  • Publish date: 03/01/1996
  • ISBN: 9780380715435
  • ISBN10: 0380715430
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Description: The author of the acclaimed The Lost Continent now steers us through the quirks and byways of the English language. We learn why island, freight, and colonel are spelled in such unphonetic ways, why four has a u in it but forty doesn't, plus bizarre and enlightening facts about some of the patriarchs of this peculiar language.
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