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A Word or Two Before You Go: Brief Essays on Language Hardcover – Feb 1987

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  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press; 1 edition (Feb 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819551740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819551740
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,762,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The renowned scholar and author of "Teacher in America" and "The House of Intellect," examines how the urge to be snobbish, prestigious, technical, scientific, and abstract has led the English language astray.

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a lovable curmudgeon 30 Jun 2011
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Format: Hardcover
Barzun can come across a bit cranky, but his writing tips and observations are timeless. Even to experienced writers this is a pleasurable read.
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Opaque English, a shorter substitute for H L Mencken's splendid American Language. Buy the Mencken instead, you won't regret it.The American Language
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