Junk English, Volume 1
In Junk English, Ken Smith takes on the misuse, abuse, and downright decay of the English language. His weapons? A sharp wit and an almost frightening grasp of the depths of the decline. Written so that the ordinary writer and speaker of English can readily see how the manipulation of words keeps the culture in a haze of misunderstandings and vagueness, Junk English covers the whole spectrum of the problem. In short sections such as “Butt-Covering,” “Feeble Beginnings,” “God Is on Our Team,” “Sports Talk,” and “Touchy-Feely Therapy Talk,” Smith shows how everyone from Madison Avenue to middle America has succumbed to euphemisms, mindless jargon, and weasel words. The book’s inclusion of basic advice on how to avoid lazy language shows there’s at least some hope for the future.
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Review: Junk EnglishUser Review - Jon - Goodreads
Entertaining and somewhat useful, but not a must-read as with his earlier book about educational (?) films, MENTAL HYGIENE. Better than Strunk and White, anyhow. (I HATE Strunk and White ... Read full review
Review: Junk EnglishUser Review - Jolene Haack - Goodreads
Early morning car ride reading that I enjoyed quite a bit. I am definitely guilty of some of the crimes this book so scathingly wrote about. In fact, the use of adverbs in that above line probably ... Read full review
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