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Everything you know about English is wrong

Author: William Brohaugh
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, ©2008.
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I don't know how else to tell you this ... everything you know about English is wrong. If you love language and the unvarnished truth, you'll love Everything You Know About English Is Wrong. You'll have fun because his lively, comedic, skeptical voice will speak to you from the pages of his word-bethumped book. -Richard Lederer, author of Anguished English, Get Thee to a Punnery, and Word Wizard Now that you know,  Read more...
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Brohaugh, William.
Everything you know about English is wrong.
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, ©2008
(DLC) 2007046889
(OCoLC)179792763
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William Brohaugh
ISBN: 9781402219276 140221927X 9781402233449 1402233442
OCLC Number: 298711104
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 243 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Front Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Acknowledgments; Introduction; A Note to Kind and Forbearing Readers; The English Delusionary; Everything You Know About English Is Wrong: The Tut-Tutting Lectures; Afterword; Selected Bibliography; Index of Things You Don't Know (words, phrases, and letters); Index of Things You Don't Know (concepts, subjects and nonsense); About the Author; Back Cover.
Responsibility: Bill Brohaugh.

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I don't know how else to tell you this ... everything you know about English is wrong. If you love language and the unvarnished truth, you'll love Everything You Know About English Is Wrong. You'll have fun because his lively, comedic, skeptical voice will speak to you from the pages of his word-bethumped book. -Richard Lederer, author of Anguished English, Get Thee to a Punnery, and Word Wizard Now that you know, it's time to, well, bite the mother tongue. William Brohaugh, former editor of Writer's Digest, will be your tour guide on this delightful journey through the English language, pointing out all the misconceptions about our wonderful-and wonderfully confusing-native tongue. Tackling words, letters, grammar and rules, no sacred cow remains untipped as Brohaugh reveals such fascinating and irreverent shockers as: - If you figuratively climb the walls, you are agitated/frustrated/crazy. If you literally climb the walls, you are Spiderman. - Biting the Mother Tongue: English does not come from England. - The word queue is the poster child of an English spelling rule so dominant we'll call it a dominatrix rule: U must follow Q! Slave! - So much of our vocabulary comes from the classical languages-clearly, Greece, and not Grease, is the word, is the word, is the word. -Emoticons: Unpleasant punctuational predictions Better plotted than a glossary, more riveting than a thesaurus, more filmable than a Harry Potter index-and that's just Brohaugh's footsnorts ... Imean, feetsnotes ... umfeetsneets? ... good gravy I'mglad I'mjust a cartoonist. -John Caldwell, one of Mad magazine's Usual Gang of Idiots This book guarantees you'll never look at the English language the same way again-if you write, read or speak it, it just ain't possible to live without this tell-all guide. (Ain't, incidentally, is not a bad word.).

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