"[A] fun book ... from the folks who continue to print the remarkable Oxford English Dictionary--about English eccentricities that we've turned into everyday language."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"[A] friendly but erudite guide to English as we know it. ... Dip into this little book to find answers to those tricky grammar questions."--Commuter Times
"Properly edited and proofread, thanks be, What Made the Crocodile Cry? is casually diverting for people who enjoy words."--The Freelancer
"[An] entertaining new book."--Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature
Sparkling with insight and linguistic curiosity, this delightful compendium answers 101 of the most intriguing questions about the English language, from word origins and spelling to grammar and usage. Irresistible to anyone with an interest in the words around them.
Supported by Oxford's celebrated dictionary research programme, Susie Dent tackles these and many other fascinating questions in this wonderfully accessible and endlessly entertaining exploration of the English language.