Praise for Tom Howell's The Rude Story of English
"a boisterous new retelling of the emergence of the world's first lingua
franca... the book's uproariously silly take on history will hit home
with fans of Blackadder and word nerds alike... It's an inventive hybrid
of fact and asterisk [...] with plenty of tidbits that make it a worthy
—Globe and Mail
"From the opening pages of The Rude Story of English, Howell had me laughing out loud. He sprinkles just enough research and fact through his story to make it believable, yet most of it is "asterisked" as he fills in the gaps of our knowledge. . . . The Rude Story of English is a book for lovers of words, puns, history, language and humour. If you want a good dose of humour with a bit of learning thrown in, I heartily recommend it."
—The Coastal Spectator
"[I]t is, in many ways, a flawless book. Taking what in other hands has often been tedious, uninteresting and even (by way of omission) inaccurate, Howell creates a book not only dead interesting, it's also Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy funny. Howell knows how to tell a story."
"Who would have guessed that a history of the English language could be so riotously funny, so twisted and unfettered, yet so genuinely informative and thought-provoking? . . . Howell, who worked on both the Canadian Oxford Dictionary and the Canadian Oxford Thesaurus before becoming the 'in-house word nerd' on CBC Radio, brings to The Rude Story of English a deep love of the language, a questing imagination, and a sense of humour which is only rarely refined (read: often bawdy), but always a delight."