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The Rude Story of English by Tom Howell

The Rude Story of English (edition 2013)

by Tom Howell (Author), Gabe Foreman (Illustrator)

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Title:The Rude Story of English
Authors:Tom Howell (Author)
Other authors:Gabe Foreman (Illustrator)
Info:McClelland & Stewart (2013), Edition: First Edition, 320 pages
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The Rude Story of English by Tom Howell



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The Rude Story of English is silly, a bit mad, and contains far more mediaeval English than I was expecting (whole stanzas --translated, of course-- instead of phrases or words).

All in all, I think I'm more Hengesty than ELF (but maybe that's the French speaking). ( )
  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
This is how history should be told – a raucous, humorous adventure on the heels of foul-mouthed (but ultimately loveable) protagonists. If you put Captain Haddock from Tintin into Highlander as an immortal roaming around England for two millennia (except more of a perpetually hungry Angle warrior), this is the book you'd get. You're welcome. ( )
  mavaddat | Jul 11, 2017 |
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A Story of English by Robert McCrum meets Bill Bryson in this informative and uproarious account of how the English language came to be, as told through its rudest, roughest elements, from bad words to insults to curses. 

Bill Bryson once wrote that what immediately sets English apart from other languages is the richness of its vocabulary. In The Rude Story of English, Tom Howell, an ex-lexicographer, takes on one of his favourite stories: how the English language came to be -- and tells it through its rudest, most offensive, simplest parts. From 440 AD, when Hengest, a Germanic warrior, first stepped onto English shores and cursed as his boots filled with seawater, to the present day, curses, insults, and rude words have played as important a role in the story of English as polite ones. Hugely entertaining and informative, The Rude Story of English is part fact, part fiction and reveals that, no matter how uncomfortable or off-putting, there's much to be learned from some of a language's most colourful parts.

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A history of the English language.

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