Sep 22, 2013 - Quotes    3 Comments

Our Crazy English Language

Yes, I’m nerdy.

I freely, and of my own accord read a book about the English language, linguistics, history, and the evolution of language. Here’s a small tidbit that made me smile.

“Language, never forget, is more fashion than science, and matters of usage, spelling and pronunciation tend to wanter around like hemlines.”

The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way by Bill Bryson

English and How it got that Way


  • Actually, that sounds like an interesting book. I think it will make a good Christmas present for Bob. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  • I enjoyed it! Glad it gave you a gift idea and I promise I won’t tell Dr. Vern. 🙂

  • That is a great quote, although those hemline changes annoy me. I see so many “your” instead of “you’re” latey. It kills me a little. I’m reading A Walk in the Woods by the same author. I highly recommend it. I saw that he also wrote The Mother Tongue, now I must put it on my list!

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