(0)
 
Origins of the Specious : Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language
by Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman

Overview -

Do you cringe when a talking head pronounces "niche" as NITCH? Do you get bent out of shape when your teenager begins a sentence with "and"? Do you think British spellings are more "civilised" than the American versions? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you're myth-informed.  Read more...


 
eBook


$13.99

Sorry: This item is not currently available.

Language: English

This item is only available to U.S. billing addresses.

 
 
 
 

More About Origins of the Specious by Patricia T. O'Conner; Stewart Kellerman
 
 
 
Overview

Do you cringe when a talking head pronounces "niche" as NITCH? Do you get bent out of shape when your teenager begins a sentence with "and"? Do you think British spellings are more "civilised" than the American versions? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you're myth-informed.

In Origins of the Specious, word mavens Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman reveal why some of grammar's best-known "rules" aren't--and never were--rules at all. This playfully witty, rigorously researched book sets the record straight about bogus word origins, politically correct fictions, phony français, fake acronyms, and more. Here are some shockers: "They" was once commonly used for both singular and plural, much the way "you" is today. And an eighteenth-century female grammarian, of all people, is largely responsible for the all-purpose "he." From the Queen's English to street slang, this eye-opening romp will be the toast of grammarphiles and the salvation of grammarphobes. Take our word for it.


This item is Non-Returnable.

 
Details
  • ISBN: 9781588368560
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Imprint: Random House
  • Date: May 2009
  • Seller Statement: Sold by Random House, Inc.
 
Customer Reviews

DISCUSSION