Bad English

Bad English

A History of Linguistic Aggravation

Book - 2014
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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. -- Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Perigee, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399165573
Branch Call Number: 422 SHEA
Characteristics: xiv, 255 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 19, 2015

This book is actually quite funny. I *literally* (he spends a lot of time on this one) laughed out loud a lot. It's for anyone who is worried about the downfall of the English language. His basic message is: "Relax. It's going to change no matter what. But that's okay." I recommend it for anyone interested in grammar and/or linguistics. It's easy to understand but it might be good to have a basic knowledge of English grammar.

Jan 06, 2015

If you're a grammar Nazi, then this is a good book for your rehabilitation. The author explores various myths about what is and what is not correct about English, with many amazingly nasty quotations from self-styled authorities past and present. Nonetheless, he assiduously uses "who" and "whom" appropriately, and does not raise the matter of why those who don't know when to say "whom" should be condemned to the darkest corners of grammar hell.


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