Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation
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:
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ChristineEllei - LibraryThing
Mr. Shea takes an in-depth look at the evolution of our English language. Traveling along an easily understood timeline he looks at words and phrases that began as mistakes and misspeaks yet have now ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MartinBodek - LibraryThing
Inter alia, ain't this book very something fun? Hopefully, it literally, in the figurative sense, enervates the naysayers who belittle what they feel is the stupider side of the impactful drift of ... Read full review