Erin Moore’s delightful book, That’s Not English*, is what I’d call a beach read for book nerds. In it, she describes some of the many cultural differences between the British and Americans by deploying the lens of words we share in common that have very different meanings, including seemingly innocuous words like “quite” and “pull.”
The twenty-five-odd chapters here are easily digestible and full of interesting tidbits, but you won’t find lengthy digressions on etymology (for that you should turn to the OED for a start). That’s Not English is the perfect summer reading for the Anglophile in your life, and might find you reaching for your favorite Jane Austen novel. Or really wishing Sherlock‘s fourth season (series) would air.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes, which did not affect the content of my review.
4 thoughts on “Fast Read (and Fast Review): That’s Not English, by Erin Moore”
This one sounds like fun!
This sounds like my kind of book! I’ll add it to my TBR list…. 🙂
I bet you have an OED, don’t you?
This is the kind of book I’d like to have in my bathroom. Yep, I’m a bathroom reader 🙂