Words Fail Me

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Phaidon Press, Jul 1, 2006 - Humor - 128 pages
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This lively and informative new title was originally inspired by the author'stalian mother and her struggles with the vagaries of the English language.ver the years the author has tried to correct her attempts and explain whyhe word she has chosen is incorrect, only to be baffled herself by the lackf logic within those explanations. English is full of contradictions andeculiarities (not counting such dull grammatical inconsistencies as 'iefore e except after c', which are really no fun at all) and hoodwinks usnto believing one thing while meaning something quite different. In English,ll is not what it seems and with this book the author has brought thesellogical oddities to the fore. Questions of spelling, pronunciation or thelatantly nonsensical are illustrated through clever visual representationshat are created entirely through artfully manipulated typography.;Thislayful and sometimes hilarious text sorts the homonyms from the heteronymsnd introduces the 'antigram' (demonstrating how the swift shuffle of certainetters can create words that entirely contradict the first: honestly becomes

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User Review  - RidgewayGirl - LibraryThing

This a slight book, but so pleasing to hold. The contents consist of clever typographic illustrations of a variety of word play. I've put my copy in the guest bathroom, as it is exactly the kind of book which invites both a rapid flip through and a close study of a single page. Read full review


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