Bad English

Bad English

A History of Linguistic Aggravation

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Penguin Putnam
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.

Baker & Taylor
The editor and dictionary collector behind Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages offers an entertaining look at the words and phrases commonly used in modern English that were originally considered wrong, slang or impolite.

Baker
& Taylor

"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"--

Publisher: New York :, Penguin Group US
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781101625521
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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julia_sedai
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.

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Pauks
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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