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Claire

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  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (970)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Cookie says: "Oh the joy!"
    "Don't beat me about the head with your idea!"
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    When an author has a theory, express it, substantiate it, and then move on, don't beat me about the head with it by restating the same concept over and over and over.

    I listen to audiobooks during my commute, about 50 minutes each way. This book kept causing me to doze and I had to put it aside so as not to endanger myself or others on the road.

    There were a few interesting snippets, but I skipped ahead a lot. If I hadn't gotten it on some sort of deal such that I'm pretty sure I won't get any refund credit back from Audible, I'd just return it. Don't waste your time, money, or credit.

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