A new series: 'The Story of English'

A new series: 'The Story of English'
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This month, I'll concentrate my posts on "The Story of English," a book by Robert McCrum, William Cran and Robert MacNeil published by Viking and Elizabeth Sifton Books in 1986 to coincide with a PBS television series of the same name.

(There are two parts of why I love books -- they last longer than video formats and don't depend on reruns.)

We'll look at "Speaking of English," "The Mother Tongue," "The Guid Scots Tongue" (of course), "Pioneers! O Pioneers!" "The New Englishes" and "Next Year's Words."

There -- now it won't be next year by the time I'm back!

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  • Bring it on!

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Gladly, thank you -- but first, I had an obituary post to write. Back to the plan as soon as possible.

  • I don't know if related, but it now takes subtitles to understand English cooking shows. Not only have the Brits gone over to the very unEnglish metric system and use weights instead of volumes, but Nigella made something that sounded like pitta with aubergine and minced meat, with translations that it was pita with eggplant and ground beef.

    At least she said to use "an American measuring cup" when pouring batter on a waffle iron.

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