The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way
ISBN: 0380715430
EAN13: 9780380715435
Language: English
Publication Date: January 1, 1990
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.70" H x 7.90" L x 5.30" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Format: Paperback
Book Overview
The author of the acclaimed The Lost Continent now steers us through the quirks and byways of the English language. We learn why island, freight, and colonel are spelled in such unphonetic ways, why four has a u in it but forty doesn't, plus bizarre and enlightening facts about some of the patriarchs of this peculiar language.