Books from 2020

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December 23, 2020

Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca

John McWhorter debunks stereotypes and convincingly argues that Black English is not just a variation on Standard English but a language all its own.

December 11, 2020

You Say Potato: A Book About Accents

This book explores the many accents of English speakers, where they came from, and how we feel about them.​

November 27, 2020

Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks

​Typography aficionados (typographiles?) will enjoy this deep dive into the origins and usage of several punctuation marks.

November 13, 2020

Why Editors Drink: A Snarky Look at Common, Often Hilarious, Writing Blunders

A snarky look at common, often hilarious, writing blunders.

October 23, 2020

Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide

Did you know that your answers to just a handful of questions can predict the zip code of where you grew up?

October 9, 2020

Typo Squad

Typo Squad, and it's set in a reality where typos are lethal to 98% of the population.

September 25, 2020

Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages

​Dorren takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the world's 20 most-spoken languages.

September 11, 2020

Don't Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth About Language

​This book debunks nine common myths. It's sure to be a fascinating linguistic and historical journey for word nerds.​

August 28, 2020

The Whole World in a Book

The Whole World in a Book explores a period in which globalization, industrialization, and social mobility were changing language in unimaginable ways.

August 14, 2020

What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She

Dennis Baron reveals the untold story of how we got from he and she to zie and hir and singular-they.