5 language books that’ll tickle your brain this summer

Add these books about words and wordplay to your book list.

Still haven’t figured out your summer reading list yet?

Try going with what a recent Brain Pickings blog post recommends, and attempt to wrap your mind around the concept of language itself.

If you want to be a better communicator and advance your understanding of language and of words, “what better way to celebrate them than through the written word itself?” author Maria Popova asks.

Whether it’s examining the psychology behind language and thought, or learning where a confusing idiom comes from, these books cover multiple elements of language and communication.

Ranging in tone from straightforward science to entertainment, if you’re game for expanding yourself as a wordsmith, these books might be for you:

1. “The Stuff of Thought” by Steven Pinker

2. “The Snark Handbook: Insults Edition: Comebacks, Taunts, and Effronteries” by Lawrence Dorfman

3. “Keywords” by Raymond Williams

4. “In Other Words” by C.J. Moore

5. “I’m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World” by Jab Bhalla

Read the full blog post, including summaries of these books, at Brain Pickings.


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