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4.0 out of 5 stars English grammar for those that should know better., 26 July 2013
This review is from: Between You and I: A Little Book of Bad English (Hardcover)
There are some wonderful examples of bad English in this book which makes me write this with more than just a little trepidation. It is not a book that pokes fun at the uneducated use of English such as pointing out the use of the double negative, or ending a sentence with a preposition, but wraps the knuckles of those who should know better: those that write for a living and miss-use the English language. This book is set out like a dictionary and you can look up each of Mister Cochrane's favourite misuses of the language: if I look up free gift, for example, I am asked whether there is any other kind, a gift is all you need to write and yet we are offered free gifts every day. If you look on Google you will be offered over 100,000 offers of free gifts.

James Cochrane, in his introduction, says that `invariably the examples come from people who ought to know better: broadcasters, particularly on BBC radios stations' - which may be a misprint in my copy or maybe that is the way it is supposed to be; but I will presume it to be a misprint or typo - as I type this I once again refer to the book to see if typo is acceptable; it's not in there so it must be - so getting back to the BBC: there is an excellent 'Forward' to this wonderful book written by John Humphrys of the ostensibly mis-aligned BBC. It is a very well written little piece from a man who is only known in Britain, where he is greatly respected - not prestigious you understand as that's a bad word and comes from prestidigitation which has something to do with conjuring tricks with hands; but I already knew that bit.
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