Feb 11 2018

Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United State by Bill Bryson

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Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United StatesMade in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States by Bill Bryson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a wonderful book. I’ve been reading Bill Bryson’s books for some time now and this one really does rank up there as one of his best. He traces a lot of words and idioms that we use now to their origins in the English spoken in England and that originally spoken in the America both before and right after the revolution. It’s rather amazing how words have changed meaning and context over the span of several hundred years. Like all of his previous works I enjoyed this most during the middle parts of the book and towards the end I was just a little bit tired – but this one didn’t weigh as much towards the end and lose it’s focus as some of his other books. I highly recommend it (even if it’s 24 years old now and just a bit out of date with many of the more current terms used in the English language of today).

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