Origins of the Specious

Origins of the Specious

Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language

eBook - 2009
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Do you cringe when a talking head pronounces "niche "as NITCH? Do you get bent out of shape when your teenager begins a sentence with "and"? Do you think British spellings are more "civilised "than the American versions? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you're myth-informed. InOrigins of the Specious, word mavens Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman reveal why some of grammar's best-known "rules "aren't--and never were--rules at all. This playfully witty, rigorously researched book sets the record straight about bogus word origins, politically correct fictions, phony francais, fake acronyms, and more. Here are some shockers: "They "was once commonly used for both singular and plural, much the way "you "is today. And an eighteenth-century female grammarian, of all people, is largely responsible for the all-purpose "he. "From the Queen's English to street slang, this eye-opening romp will be the toast of grammarphiles and the salvation of grammarphobes. Take our word for it.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009
ISBN: 9781588368560
1588368564
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Kellerman, Stewart

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Jan 15, 2012

This book is great! It's informative and interesting and funny. If you don't learn something or several somethings from reading it, you don't care about our language.

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