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Highly Irregular – Why Tough, Through, and Dough Don't Rhyme—And Other Oddities of the English Language - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Highly Irregular: Why Tough, Through, and Dough Don't Rhyme—And Other Oddities of the English Language

Arika Okrent

Abstract

This book presents an illustrated history of English as told through all the things that are weird about it. Maybe you have been speaking English all your life, or maybe you learned it later on. But whether you use it just well enough to get your daily business done, or you are an expert who never omits a comma or misplaces a modifier, you must have noticed that there are some things about this language that are just weird. Why are there so many silent letters? Why do we have irregular verbs? The book answers these questions and many more. Along the way, it tells the story of the many influenc ... More

Keywords: English language, silent letters, irregular verbs, linguistic oddities, English language history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197539408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197539408.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arika Okrent, author
Linguist and author of In the Land of Invented Languages

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