Books about English are a publishing industry mainstay. Yes, that is a little scary for me, author of a little ditty about spelling. The competition is fierce. On the other hand, it's reaffirming to know that so many authors and readers are eager to embrace, explore and celebrate English words in all their idiosyncratic glory. A quick scan of new titles not called Righting the Mother Tongue that might delight the logophile in your life:

, by the absurdly prolific and always entertaining David Crystal

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue
, by John McWhorter

The Secret Life of Words
, by Henry Hitchings

Alphabet Juice
, by Roy Blount Jr.

AuthorDavid Wolman