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Lavinia

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English - John H. McWhorter Never thought Linguistics can be so much fun! Too many details to discuss. But if you ever wondered why, for instance, "you" has the same form for both singular and plural, why we say "aren't I" instead of the more logical "amn't I", why we use the meaningless "do" or "they" as a singular pronoun instead of he/she when the gender is not clear, you might get some answers or at least accept the fact that, in the author's own words, "shitte happens". He uses facts, comparison, logic and fun to explain why English is so different from all the other languages, how its grammar changed more over the years than other Germanic languages and emphasizes the differences between spoken and written language. The book is delightful, so well structured, documented & written, you don't need to be an English major or a linguist to enjoy it.