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  1. Bryson, Bill. THE MOTHER TONGUE: ENGLISH AND HOW IT GOT THAT WAY

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    October 14, 2015 by ethelfritha

    There’s a temptation, when discussing something as intimate to the identity of a culture as language, to take a self-congratulatory …
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  2. Sacks, David. LANGUAGE VISIBLE: THE MYSTERY OF THE ALPHABET FROM A TO Z

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    September 15, 2015 by ethelfritha

    Do you know why English always has a “U” after “Q”? Well, I do, and I’ll tell you. Once upon …
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  3. Ostler, Nicholas. EMPIRES OF THE WORD: A LANGUAGE HISTORY OF THE WORLD

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    September 4, 2015 by ethelfritha

    I’ll be honest. Practically the only reason I’m posting about this book is because it took me approximately 9,842 years …
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  4. Roberts, Chris. HEAVY WORDS LIGHTLY THROWN: THE REASON BEHIND THE RHYME

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    July 31, 2015 by ethelfritha

    What is it about this book? Is it the dated, cynical, wink wink nudge nudge witticisms the author throws around …
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  5. Benstein, Peter L. THE POWER OF GOLD: THE HISTORY OF AN OBSESSION

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    June 4, 2015 by ethelfritha

    A few years ago, an old friend of my father’s died. Lynn was the sort of eccentric old bachelor who¬†would …
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  6. Weber, Caroline. QUEEN OF FASHION: WHAT MARIE ANTOINETTE WORE TO THE REVOLUTION

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    January 16, 2015 by ethelfritha

    On May the 7th, 1770, Maria Antonia Josepha Joanna, Archduchess of Austria, having already married Prince Louis-Auguste of France by …
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  7. Peiss, Kathy. HOPE IN A JAR: THE MAKING OF AMERICA’S BEAUTY CULTURE

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    January 14, 2015 by ethelfritha

    The amount of time it took for cosmetics¬†to traverse the distance between “painted whore” to “cosmopolitan lady” is astonishingly short. …
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