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Understanding the English Language

The English language is complicated and interesting. Have you ever wondered how we got it? How many of these have you read?
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The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language (Melvyn Bragg)
The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language (Melvyn Bragg)
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Dictionary of Word Origins (Joseph T. Shipley)
Dictionary of Word Origins (Joseph T. Shipley)
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Eats, Shoots and Leaves (Lynne Truss)
Eats, Shoots and Leaves (Lynne Truss)
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Empires of the Word (Nicholas Ostler)
Empires of the Word (Nicholas Ostler)
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The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language (David Crystal)
The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language (David Crystal)
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History of the English Language in 100 Places (Lucas)
History of the English Language in 100 Places (Lucas)
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Language Wars (Henry Hitchings)
Language Wars (Henry Hitchings)
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The Lexicographer's Dilemma: The Evolution of "Proper" English From Shakespeare to South Park (Jack Lynch)
The Lexicographer's Dilemma: The Evolution of "Proper" English From Shakespeare to South Park (Jack Lynch)
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Mother Tongue (Bill Bryson)
Mother Tongue (Bill Bryson)
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Never Drink a Molotov Cocktail (Andrew Sholl)
Never Drink a Molotov Cocktail (Andrew Sholl)
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Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English (John H. Mcwhorter)
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English (John H. Mcwhorter)
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The Rude Story of English (Tom Howell)
The Rude Story of English (Tom Howell)
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Semantic Antics (Sol Steinmetz)
Semantic Antics (Sol Steinmetz)
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Speaking American: A History of English (Bailey)
Speaking American: A History of English (Bailey)
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Speaking American: How Y'all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide (Josh Katz)
Speaking American: How Y'all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide (Josh Katz)
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The Stories of English (David Crystal)
The Stories of English (David Crystal)
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The Story of English (Robert McCrum/Wm. Cran/Robert Macneil)
The Story of English (Robert McCrum/Wm. Cran/Robert Macneil)
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The Story of English in 100 Words (David Crystal)
The Story of English in 100 Words (David Crystal)
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That's Not What I Meant: How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships (Deborah Tannen)
That's Not What I Meant: How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships (Deborah Tannen)
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The Word Museum (Jeffery Kacirk)
The Word Museum (Jeffery Kacirk)
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