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  • BAD ENGLISH : A HISTORY OF LINGUISTIC AGGRAVATION

    BAD ENGLISH : A HISTORY OF LINGUISTIC AGGRAVATION
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    ISBN: 9780399165573
    Title: BAD ENGLISH : A HISTORY OF LINGUISTIC AGGRAVATION
    Author: SHEA AMMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2014 NEW RELEASE

    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.



    Imprint: PERIGEE PRESS
    RRP: $29.99
    • Price: $29.99
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