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Say What?: the Weird And Mysterious Journey of the English Language by Gena K. Gorrell

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More than a million words, weird spellings, words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently or vice versa. Where on Earth did the English language come from? The answer is that English isnÕt just the speech of one nation. ItÕs the memory of thousands of years of history. It tracks the places people came from, the places they went, the adventures they had, the friends and enemies they made, the battles they won and lost.As English changed and grew, it became a jumble of sounds, words, and rules from countless languages and nations. And itÕs still changing and growing every day. More than seventy percent of all English words were born someplace other than England. ThatÕs why English can be so confusing and inconsistent. And thatÕs why English is the richest, most international, and most versatile language in the world. This innovative book takes us on a journey through time to unravel and demystify the story of English. Word games, intriguing facts, and tricky quizzes add an element of fun while enriching readersÕ knowledge and understanding. This 2009 Tundra Books Paperback is in Near Mint condition.

ISBN: 9780887768781 SKU: 1062578 Note: Any image shown is from a stock photo and is not the actual book.