For laughs I can usually trust in author Bill Bryson. He also packs punches with an abundance of facts and trivia.
Mother Tongue investigates our English language. Bryson delves deep into the matter. He investigates etymology and even traces the evolution of spelling through the ages. As a matter of course, no topic is taboo, and Bryson examines swear words and why they are used.
If you enjoy the amount of information that a well-chosen word can convey, you'll likely be delighted by this selection. I was.