Mother Tongue

The English Language

Average vote of 105
| 21 total contributions of which 6 reviews , 15 quotes , 0 images , 0 notes , 0 video
How did English, 'treated for centuries as the inadequate and second-rate tongue of peasants' become the undisputed global language? How did words like shampoo, sofa and rowdy (and others drawn from over fifty languages) find their way into our ... Continua
Ha scritto il 17/11/10
Inaccurate and outdated
I had enjoyed "Made in America" so much that I had great expectations for "Mother Tongue" as well... I was really disappointed instead. So many inaccuracies about Italian and other languages I know raise doubts about the accuracy of the rest. The ...Continua
Ha scritto il 17/06/10
So, this is the story of English... and written by Bill Bryson... THE Bill Bryson! Once upon a time, England was home of some civilized Celtic people who adopt Roman culture. But when Rome fell apart, the barbaric Angie and Saxon tribes manageded ...Continua
  • 1 mi piace
Ha scritto il 03/07/09
Entertaining Stories About Language
Entertaining book on English and languages in general. Bryson is his characteristic self: amusing and informed.I marked this book down one star because I had the feeling that Bryson's facts were a bit dubious. I have since googled this and it seems
Ha scritto il 29/12/07
I adore Bill Bryson! Very fun to read, even for a veteran word lover.
Ha scritto il 20/07/07
Good, but not great
I really enjoyed this book, an entertaining and humous look at the origins of the English language, its various dialects and the roles other languages have played in giving it such a diverse selection of words and spelilings. The reasons why ough
  • 2 mi piace

Ha scritto il Nov 16, 2010, 22:56
Volapük ... died with almost as much speed as it had arisen.
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Ha scritto il Nov 16, 2010, 22:53
the Italian schiacchenze, which is simply a literal rendering of the English shake hands.
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Ha scritto il Nov 16, 2010, 22:49
Spaniards, when they feel chilly, don a sueter.
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Ha scritto il Nov 16, 2010, 19:53
Italian women coat their faces with col-cream
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Ha scritto il Nov 13, 2010, 16:17
The word comes from the old French coronelle, which the French adapted from the Italian colonello
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