The author of the acclaimed The Lost Continent now steers us through the
quirks and byways of the English language. We learn why island, freight,
and colonel are spelled in such unphonetic ways, why four has a u in it but
forty doesn't, plus bizarre and enlightening facts about some of the
patriarchs of this peculiar language.

Bill Bryson—Mother Tongue - The Story Of The English Language

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