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The Rude Story of English by Tom Howell
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0771039832, Paperback)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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