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Horrible Words : A Guide to the Misuse of English - by Rebecca Gowers (Paperback)
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Nothing inflames the language gripers like a misplaced disinterested, an illogical irregardless, a hideous operationalisation. To purists these are 'howlers' and 'non-words', fit only for scorn. But in their rush to condemn such terms, are the naysayers missing something? In this provocative and hugely entertaining book, Rebecca Gowers throws light on a great array of horrible words, and shows how the diktats of the pedants are repeatedly based on misinformation, false reasoning and straight-up snobbery. The result is a brilliant work of history, a surreptitious introduction to linguistics, and a mischievous salute to the misusers of the language. It is also a bold manifesto asserting our common rights over English, even as it questions the true nature of style.
Number of Pages: 207
Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines, Humor
Sub-Genre: Linguistics, Topic
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Book theme: General, Language
Author: Rebecca Gowers
Street Date: April 1, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-85-3161
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