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The Mother Tongue: English and how it got that way
by Bill Bryson

The book is a very thorough look-through of the English language and how it has developed. It covers everything from why "one" is pronounced "won" and not 'owe-ne' or why we have the swear words we do. It even explains why there is overwhelmed, underwhelmed but no whelmed. He is a hysterical author with a unique look on the common day occurrences and fun to read.

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Submitted by jjones on Thu, 11/18/2010 - 3:31pm.
I really enjoyed this book, too. It was really interesting to find out how certain quirks in our language came to be.