Made In America : An Informal History of American English

Made In America : An Informal History of American English Funny wise learned and compulsive' - GQ Bill Bryson turns away from travelling the highways and byways of middle America so hilariously depicted in his bestselling The Lost Continent The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and Notes from a Big Country for a fast exhilarating ride along the Route 66 of American language and popular culture In Made in America Bryson tells the story of how American arose out of the English language and along the way de-mythologizes his native land - explaining how a dusty desert hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood how the Wild West wasn't won why Americans say lootenant' and Toosday' how they were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up - as well as exposing the true origins of the words G-string blockbuster poker and snafu A tremendously sassy work full of zip pizzazz and all those other great American qualities'Will Self Independent on Sunday
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