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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755365151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755365159
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.2 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,823 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2013
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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Edwards on 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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