ON THE TIP OF MY TONGUE
Susanna Checketts, Pelanduk (1999)
A delightful celebration of the English language!
A paean to the English language and its quirks, idiosyncrasies and piquancies. Susanna Checketts has dug out a mine of information and assembled the nuggets into a coherent whole, rich in amusing detail. What we have here, thus, is a treasure trove of fascinating facts and fancies about words and their origins. Her writing captures the essence, flavour and enigma that is the English language. Furthermore, she explores the language against a backdrop of varying settings in Malaysia and elsewhere in a lighthearted manner. She uses her many years in Malaysia to soak up a particularly Malaysian sense of irony. The result is a worldview that is uniquely, hilariously, her very own. This is anecdotal linguistics at its best, full of revelations, and with not one dull moment!
Check out Susanna Checketts's One the Tip of My Tongue at www.pelanduk.com