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    Very Interesting

    A full and very well written book on the English language and it's uses and a little of the history of this most amazing language. We as natural born speakers of it, do not realise what a tangled language we have. Thank you Bill for another entertaining and also serious book.
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    English as she is and was.

    Another very enjoyably offering from Bill Bryson. It is an easy to read and enjoyable offering. I am amazed at the research he has obviously put into this work. Well worth a read. Oh, in fact in Australia a tub of ice çream in Victoria is a dixie not pixie and a bomborra is a wave breaking on an off shore reef. Give this book a try you will learn and enjoy.
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    Fascinating

    Excellent for word and language nerds like myself.
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    English as a first language

    The book starts off comparing the various families of English speakers ( including a reference to Torontoans instead of Torontonians), but quickly devolves to just the two main branches ie. Americans as in the USA and Britons as in the English. More exploration of the Australians, New Zealanders and Africans would have been interesting. Even so, though much of the information was already known, there was a great deal that was interesting and new to me. Mr. Bryson writes in a very accessible and amusing manner even when dealing with the more academic issues.
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    The Mother Tongue

    Fantastic .No surprise that Bryson exhibits his accustomed expertise in language and exhaustive research accompanied by a very deep sensitivity when comparing American English and British English. Whatever topic he chooses to write about he treats with the utmost sympathy and respect and an indefatigable amount of research.
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