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Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare
Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare
by Jeremy Butterfield
Edition: Hardcover

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read, 17 Dec. 2008
What have "women and sticks" to do with "cats and dogs" ? What do "which" and "want" have in common? What is a corpus, and why does it matter ? The answers to these - and many more - questions are all to be found in this gem of a book.

Jeremy Butterfield writes with wit, style and authority on the elusive mysteries of the English language - a subject to which he has dedicated the bulk of his working life. The book is a fascinating and highly informative analysis of how our language is used and how it is evolving.

Highly recommended.


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