MISADVENTURES IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE


MISADVENTURES IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

CAROLINE TAGGART    Book Number: 87127    Product format: Hardback

The famous verbophile has written many book on words over the years and had plenty of opportunity to consider and pontificate on the issues of language, the 'rights' and the 'wrongs', and to form opinions on what matters. Since the arrival of e-mail, texts and social media, there has been much more discussion than ever about the English language and whether or not it is going to the dogs. On the other hand, language, usage and vocabulary change all the time, and something that was correct a hundred years ago may seem laughably stilted now, just as a word that early 20th century pedants abhorred may have become commonplace. The book explains some of the rules and gives examples of some of the more confusing aspects of grammar, vocabulary and punctuation. It also considers appraising and praising, the invention of new words and expressions (IMHO, AYATMTB) and deploring some others (Pescatarian, Sharents). Catchphrases, 'how very dare you?' and other word-creation schemes, full stops, colons and semi-colons, plus FAQs, spoiler alerts and genteel reminders such as 'shades of meaning, as in the difference between cleaning and cleansing, gentle and genteel'. We love the Finnish word for the satisfaction of sitting or bouncing on a bouncy cushion - Hyppytyynytyydytys. We'll finish there. 190pp.
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ISBN 9781782436478
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