On February 28, 1939, the erroneous word “dord” is discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation. The error caused controversy for the dictionary whose goal like similar publications is to establish standardization in the English language. Many would view this as a battle that can only be lost. One such individual is Bill Bryson, the author of The Mother Tongue. This book examines the evolution and growth of English, a language born of mixed up languages and that continues to survival and thrive as a blob, consuming all useful new words made up and from other languages to satisfy the languages needs of its speakers now around the world.

Book Title: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way

Book Author: Bill Bryson

ISBN Number: 0380715430

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