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panzer:
Free e-books if anyone is interested:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LPUX7OA?qid=1450288819&ref_=sr_1_8&s=digital-text&sr=1-8

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015PE1QOE/

https://www.amazon.com/Wounded-Animals-Whistleblower-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00VQL7LOA/ref=sr_1_35?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1450325178&sr=1-35

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OGTDRNI?refRID=9FD3QXHHYCKVQ2637JRB&ref_=pd_ybh_a_86

http://www.amazon.com/Books-Kids-Christmas-Stories-Children-ebook/dp/B00PB850XS/ref=sr_1_68?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1450368379&sr=1-68

http://www.amazon.com/Inheritance-Psychological-Mystery-Suspense-Thriller-ebook/dp/B010T2CZOC/ref=sr_1_74?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1450368379&sr=1-74

http://www.amazon.com/Interactive-Brainteasers-Riddles-teasers-puzzles-ebook/dp/B0121F21ZS/ref=sr_1_182?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1450392401&sr=1-182

http://www.amazon.com/Books-Kids-Bedtime-Stories-Children-ebook/dp/B00YF8TIRY/ref=sr_1_174?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1450392228&sr=1-174

http://www.amazon.com/Clean-Food-Diet-Vegetarian-Collection-ebook/dp/B00O062AU8/ref=sr_1_160?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1450392100&sr=1-160

http://www.amazon.com/STATELINE-Boiled-Private-Detective-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00HOV4GEO/ref=sr_1_115?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1450384092&sr=1-115

http://www.amazon.com/Twenty-Eight-Half-Wishes-Gardner-Mystery-ebook/dp/B0058UXHHK/ref=sr_1_100?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1450383892&sr=1-100

tomos:
Free e-books if anyone is interested:
-panzer (December 21, 2015, 05:14 AM)
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@panzer,
I cross posted your links to a Free eBooks thread

tomos:
I'm just after finishing Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue The Untold History of English by John McWhorter (amazon link).

The main topic is the evolution of English grammar -- the way he writes suggests he's proposing theories that are not generally accepted. Writing style a bit odd at times, but I got used to it. Well worth reading imo :up:

Two main points are that, compared to Proto-Germanic, (the ancestor of all Germanic languages) and also to other modern Germanic languages:

English gained from the native Celtic languages:

* what he describes as a meaningless 'do', e.g. why do we use the word 'do'? Apparently unknown almost anywhere else in the world apart from the native Celtic languages (he quotes Welsh & Cornish)
* we also gained the phrasing: I am writing -- instead of I write as in other Germanic languages e.g. ich schreibe
and English lost via the Vikings (more info below):

* loads of suffixes (especially with verbs, but also nouns)
* nouns having gender
* most reflexive verbs -- e.g. the German ich erinnere mich translates to I remember. Remnants in English are e.g. I behave myself
* hither / tither / man (now one/you) / some prefixes / etc.
* using the 'be' verb to make a past tense of action verbs -- a remnant of same from Jane Austen: I am so glad we are got acquaintedThe Viking theory involve a huge influx of adults who learned the language fairly poorly and passed this on to their kids. A different but comparable modern example being when immigrants want to give their children the new language, and they haven't already learned it well themselves, the children tend to learn a simplified version of same.

Attronarch:
Just finished:



Currently reading:

mouser:
Decided to try to refresh some of my high-school and college math skills.  Read a couple of very lightweight intro books on statistics.. next up is some calculus.

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