What a nerd’s adventure this was. I thoroughly enjoyed this reading adventure. The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg was all that I hoped it would be.
The author took us on a journey through time as the language flipped and flopped until a few key things happened. Notably, the Bible happened. In a broader scale, literature was a key in solidifying the words that became our talk.
Another strength in language stickyness has been moms. Yep, even in the face of Viking occupation, then French occupation, the ways of mom were stronger than governmental decrees and parchments.
Bragg even takes the language on a journey to the states and across the western plains. New words to an era, as well as from a region are specifically listed. I guess the book can be a bit long for general reading, but, if that is the case, I recommend audible.com. Then you will get accents performed for you in the mix.
There is so much bite-worthy content, that this will be re-read within a year or so. I know, I’m really showing me bias for quirky stuff here.
If you are a fan of history. If you would like another glob of glue in putting the pieces of the narrative together, read The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg, OK?
Note: “OK” is a very universal word. So universal, no one agrees on where it originated. In many regions of the world (including some Native North America dialects, it means “so be it.”
Amazon Description: “Here is the riveting story of the English language, from its humble beginnings as a regional dialect to its current preeminence as the one global language, spoken by more than two billion people worldwide. In this groundbreaking book, Melvyn Bragg shows how English conquered the world. It is a magnificent adventure, full of jealousy, intrigue, and war—against a hoard of invaders, all armed with their own conquering languages, which bit by bit, the speakers of English absorbed and made their own.”
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