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Origins of the specious : myths and misconceptions of the English language

Author: Patricia T O'Conner; Stewart Kellerman
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2009] ©2009
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A delightfully witty and informative book for fans of Patricia T. O'Conner's previous bestseller Woe Is I and other popular books on language, like Eats, Shoots & Leaves and The Elements of Style. Do the British really speak better English than Americans do? Why don't French women wear brassieres? Does ain't deserve its bad rep? Should niche rhyme with quiche? Not so fast--the answers may surprise you! In this  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia T O'Conner; Stewart Kellerman
ISBN: 9781400066605 1400066603
OCLC Number: 244246661
Description: xviii, 266 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Stiff upper lips : why can't the British be more like us? --
Grammar Moses : forget these commandments --
Bad boys of English : and why we still love 'em --
Once upon a time : the whole nine yards of etymology --
Lex education : cleaning up dirty words --
Identity theft : the great impostors --
An oeuf is an oeuf : fractured French --
Sense and sensitivity : PC fact and fiction --
In high dungeon : and other moat points --
Brace new words : the good, the bad, the ugly --
Afterword : Morocco Bound.
Responsibility: Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman.
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A delightfully witty and informative book for fans of Patricia T. O'Conner's previous bestseller Woe Is I and other popular books on language, like Eats, Shoots & Leaves and The Elements of Style. Do the British really speak better English than Americans do? Why don't French women wear brassieres? Does ain't deserve its bad rep? Should niche rhyme with quiche? Not so fast--the answers may surprise you! In this fascinating book, the authors cover the whole nine yards (another source of lore!) and debunk myths that have bamboozled word-loving fans of their popular blog, books, and broadcasts. Prepare to change your mind about where words come from and where they're going. Yesterday's blooper could be tomorrow's bon mot. Here's a delightful primer on the eccentricities of the ever-changing, endlessly entertaining English language.

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