Whether you're a native speaker or far from fluent, you'll find that these recent books on the English languageŚits history, use and abuseŚwill entertain and instruct:
The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language. Melvyn Bragg's engrossing tale of the evolution of the language of Shakespeare, from its origins as a minor Germanic dialect to 21st century ubiquity.
The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary. Simon Winchester serves up a fascinating account of the colorful cast of characters responsible for the epic compilation.
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