Planet Word - J. P. Davidson
Words, words, words. I missed the TV series of the same name, but the book was a wonderful whirlwind of whimsy and wisdom, ranging from the ancient to the modern, the everyday to the amazing. I truly love language, and this book expresses some of that love; the description of libraries, of opening a new book, of listening to different accents, it’s all just lovely.
Favourite quotation - "There’s a story about the Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who was at a dinner party with a self-regarding broadsheet editor. The English editor announced to his fellow diners: "I’ve met six British prime ministers, four French presidents, four American presidents and three popes, and, do you know, not one of them struck me as having a first-class mind." There was a pause around the dinner table, and then Murdoch said, "Did it ever occur to you that they probably thought you were a bit of a dick too?""