The Rude Story of English

The Rude Story of English There are only two problems with the story of the English language one no hero Two not rude enough In The Rude Story of English recovering lexicographer Tom Howell swiftly remedies these and gives

  • Title: The Rude Story of English
  • Author: Tom Howell
  • ISBN: 9780771039836
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback
  • There are only two problems with the story of the English language one, no hero Two, not rude enough In The Rude Story of English, recovering lexicographer Tom Howell swiftly remedies these and gives us a rousing account of our language without all the boring bits and with all the interesting parts kept in and reveals English s boisterous, at times obnoxious, characThere are only two problems with the story of the English language one, no hero Two, not rude enough In The Rude Story of English, recovering lexicographer Tom Howell swiftly remedies these and gives us a rousing account of our language without all the boring bits and with all the interesting parts kept in and reveals English s boisterous, at times obnoxious, character.From a haphazard beginning in 449 AD, when a legendary, fearsome Germanic warrior named Hengest tripped and fell onto British shores, the real story of English has been rife with accident, physical comedy, phallic monuments, rude behaviour, dubious facts, and an alarming quantity of poetry written by lawyers.Across vast distances of space and time, from the language s origins to its fast approaching retirement, a moody and miraculously long lived Hengest voyages to the pubs of Chaucer s London, aboard pirate ships in the north Atlantic, to plantations in Barbados, bookstores in Jamaica, the chilly inlet of Quidi Vidi, Newfoundland, a private men s club in Australia, and beyond.Part Monty Python sketch, part Oxford English Dictionary, The Rude Story of English displays an exuberant love of language and a sharp, anti authoritarian sense of humour Entertaining and informative, it looks at English through its most uncomfortable, colourful, and off putting parts, chronicling the story of the language as it has never been told before.

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    About "Tom Howell"

    1. Tom Howell

      A recovering lexicographer, Tom wrote definitions for the Canadian Oxford Dictionary and thesaurus entries for the Canadian Oxford Thesaurus before abandoning serious work He became the in house word nerd on CBC Radio s language show, And Sometimes Y, which involved rewriting Fowler s Modern English Usage as an opera, etc Then he took a job as poetry correspondent for CBC s The Next Chapter Originally from London, England, Tom currently lives and makes various noises in Toronto.


    1. There are two problems with the story of the English language, according to Howell: no hero, and not rude enough.Then he sets off to remedy both.Follow along with an immortal and his sister (or is that his daughter?) who lands in England under less than ideal circumstances and proceeds to fight, fart, drink and write his way around the world, with English globbing on to things along way.Howell makes great use of asterisking--*more or less true. Why let the "facts" get in the way and who knows if [...]

    2. There is no doubt a lot of erudition in and behind these pages, the author having written definitions and compiled synonyms for recognized dictionaries. For some reason (palatability?)(attempt to be 'different'?) this quite interesting history of English supposedly with emphasis on the 'naughty bits' is buried in a fictionalized narrative that, while sometimes witty, sometimes juvenile, sometimes silly, tends to draw attention from the vibrant, amazing, altogether richly marvelous history of the [...]

    3. .I don't know what just happened here. There was this book, and this "Hengest" guy, and he probably existed, and then he.d forever? Travelled the world spreading English, sponging off anyone who would give him a free meal? This is definitely the oddest non-fiction book I've ever read. I mean, it might be non-fiction but I have to keep going back over it to pick out the made up bits, like some people do with raisins or peas. I think Tom Howell may be trying to create an entirely new genre; non-fi [...]

    4. As an aficionado of books about words and the growth and development of language, I found this book very entertaining and educational. As time passed and the world changed, language needed to change, and it did - in some unusual and unexpected ways.

    5. I won this book through the First Reads program in exchange for an unbiased review.One of the first thoughts that crossed my mind was that every University student should have this as required reading. Not for the content, no, but for how Howell manages to create a completely plausible and nearly convincing essay out of non-existant historical records and facts. It was a piece of art, how he could snatch a single name out of the past (Hengest), and follow entirely reasonable lines of logic, to [...]

    6. This is a very fine work indeed, but I'm reservedly rating it four-stars instead of five, as it natively appeals to a narrow group of specialists and makes few efforts to communicate its brilliance to a wider audience. As a scholar of the English language, I appreciate the author's subtlety and gift for wordplay, and especially for delivering hilarious in-jokes about the history of English "Lang" & "Lit" with a straight face. But much of this book's brilliance is veiled, and will be lost on [...]

    7. I received this book through a giveaway. As I started reading it, I realized that it was not quite what I expected.It is essentially a brief history of the English language, loosely tied together with a story that is best described as historical fiction. The author has a very dry sense of humour, so the book is funny in a very subtle way. On the other hand, I found parts of it to be a little tough to get through, either because the level of detail was uninteresting to me or because the underlyi [...]

    8. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book where the author "astericks" most of the linguistic "history" of English. It's quite entertaining. However, it's hard for me to take any of it seriously since he quotes more than once. I did definitely enjoy his historical character that he turned into a fictional character and used his name as an example of how the meaning of a work can change with time. Unfortunately by the second half I lost interest. Not sure why. Probably because it felt like [...]

    9. It's very silly and very facetious, but I felt it wove a good story, with surprisingly good characters. Seriously: the Saxon invader Hengist, cursed with immortality, shows up throughout history to either witness or influence the evolution of the English language. Along with his hirsute sister, who might also be his daughter. That makes for a pretty good frame to hang things on. The trouble with this book is that there's a lot of actual linguistic/historical detail underneath it all, but it's re [...]

    10. This started out as an absolute riot. I adored every page and when I was reading in public I kept getting looks from passers-by because I kept breaking into laughter. About a third of the way through though (really, once we'd left the Anglo-Saxon period) it started to fall flat for the most part. There were still sections that had me chuckling (i.e. the pirates) but by the end of the book I was eager to just be done with it. Still, if you have any interest in linguistics, British/English/Anglo-S [...]

    11. This is how history should be told – a raucous, humorous adventure on the heels of foul-mouthed (but ultimately loveable) protagonists. If you put Captain Haddock from Tintin into Highlander as an immortal roaming around England for two millennia (except more of a perpetually hungry Angle warrior), this is the book you'd get. You're welcome.

    12. Enjoyed it once I got used to figuring out what was true and what was made up (or asterisked, as the author puts it).The main upshot of reading this book is that I now pronounce the word asterisk as "aster risk", rather than "astrix", because I am British and terrified of sounding common. And for this, the author can be proud.

    13. The Rude Story of English is silly, a bit mad, and contains far more mediaeval English than I was expecting (whole stanzas --translated, of course-- instead of phrases or words).All in all, I think I'm more Hengesty than ELF (but maybe that's the French speaking).

    14. Good, and quite funny. Not really a story as such, and not really a reference book. I learned some things ("donkey", and other words that mean "bottom") and probably unlearned some things, due to rampant asterisking.

    15. There's a lot of humour and history in this book, but the attempt to create a fictional narrator, while at first [archetypically] enjoyable detracted from my personal pleasure. The funny stuff could have been shared in a much more accessible [and shorter] format I think.

    16. Excellent book, rude in many senses of the word, and well worth a look for philologists and maybe even lexicographers.

    17. Not as funny or informing as intended or expected; the author was so intent on proving his comedic chops that he obscured the lessons he wanted to impart.

    18. One of those books that you will either really like (get) or hate (find annoying). A quirky trawl through some of the lower bits of the history of the English language.

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