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Many a True Word [Hardcover]

Richard Anthony Baker
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10 Oct 2013

What are the top one hundred words we use the most? How should anchovy, chastisement and tryst be pronounced? How good are you at spelling the most commonly misspelt words and names? For the answers to these andquestions and much more, sit back and let Richard Anthony Baker take you on a journey through the English language.

Marvel at the richness of what we derive from French and German; bristle at the words banned in the Daily Telegraph; laugh at the officialese of corporate writers; bone up on our use of language from William Shakespeare (and the Bible) in our day-to-day talk; absorb Richard's master classes on how to win at Scrabble with devastating ease and how to complete cryptic crosswords with impressive alacrity; and test your linguistic agility by trying to answer the five questions which Google puts to job applicants.


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755365151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755365159
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The pity is that it is so short: we need one of these every year. (The Times)

Hugely enjoyable . . . will no dobt fill many a festive stocking this Christmas. Freewheeling and fascinating. (The Stage)

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From the author of the BBC Radio News house style guide comes a fascinating guide to the English language.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Things You May Not Know About English 3 Nov 2013
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This short book is packed with fun and fascinating facts and examples of the derivation and usage of the English language. Richard Baker describes it as a 'mishmash' but this refers to the variety contained in the 62 chapters rather than the quality. Some examples are: words most commonly misspelt (unnecessarily, withheld); BBC pronunciation as spoken by the Queen; clichés, (steamy sex, over the moon); verbosity; abbreviations; idioms and their origins ('Happy as a sandboy', 'Gone for a Burton'); OMG it's TXT wth; sayings ('Don't quit until the hearse comes round'); rhyming slang updates ('Lou Reed - speed'); pomposity of wine and food descriptions; website warnings that attract unwanted callers: (a group of therapists- [...] a curtain company in L.A. [...] jargon (transparency).

Political correctness: black people are African-American. A newspaper quote 'Governor Dukakis pledged to get the state's economy back into the African-American next year'. There are chapters on how Latin, French, German, Portuguese, Shakespeare's words and phrase and bible quotations have entered the use of English and much more with added amusing anecdotes. Futurologists say that in time the world will only have three languages, English, Spanish and Mandarin. An informative and fun book to dip into and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little entertaining read! 12 Oct 2013
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Packed with plenty of fun examples of what makes the English language so fascinating - learning and laughing on the tube has never been better when you can just dip into a chapter without committing to a long read. Highly recommended as a nice little stocking filler.....
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