In this interesting history of the English language, Bryson explores the fascinating eccentricities that inform the way we speak and write today. Covering fun topics like swearing and wordplay, as well as histories of where words come from, Bryson breathes life into what could otherwise be a boring topic. If you've ever wanted to learn more about the function of language, this book is a great start. (Laura)
The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way by Bill BrysonPublication Date: 2007.