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Bad English : A History of Linguistic Aggravation
by Ammon Shea


Overview - The author of "Reading the OED" presents an eye-opening look at language mistakes and how they came to be accepted as correct or not.
English is a glorious mess of a language, cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, and changing over time with popular usage.
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Overview
The author of "Reading the OED" presents an eye-opening look at language mistakes and how they came to be accepted as correct or not.
English is a glorious mess of a language, cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, and changing over time with popular usage. Many of the words and usages we embrace as standard and correct today were at first considered slang, impolite, or just plain wrong.
Whether you consider yourself a stickler, a nitpicker, or a rule-breaker in the know, Bad English is sure to enlighten, enrage, and perhaps even inspire. Filled with historic and contemporary examples, the book chronicles the long and entertaining history of language mistakes, and features some of our most common words and phrases, including:
Decimate
Hopefully
Enormity
That/which
Enervate/energize
Bemuse/amuse
Literally/figuratively
Ain t Irregardless
Socialist
OMG
Stupider
Lively, surprising, funny, and delightfully readable, this is a book that will settle arguments among word lovers and it s sure to start a few, too."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780399165573
  • ISBN-10: 0399165576
  • Publisher: Tarcherperigree
  • Publish Date: June 2014
  • Page Count: 255
  • Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.88 pounds


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