- Hardcover: 132 pages
- Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (2 Oct. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840464836
- ISBN-13: 978-1840464832
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 950,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Between You and I: A Little Book of Bad English Hardcover – 2 Oct 2003
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"A cool, disdainfully precise A-Z of linguistic misuse" -- Terence Blacker, Independent
"A deeply-felt defence of proper English usage" -- Robert McCrum, Observer
"An excellent Christmas gift" -- Writer's Forum
"The perfect guide for those who are interested in salvaging the standards of English ... an enjoyable and informative read" -- Good Book Guide
"Witty and provocative" -- Sunday Herald
Top Customer Reviews
James Cochrane rightly acknowledges that "English is a living language and must change",but it is here that problems arise. Take the word "ilk",for example. Cochrane lambastes his readers for using the word with the meaning of "like" or "kind" instead of "same",but surely this is a prime example of how the meaning of a word has changed. The same might be said of "community" or "light year". On the other hand he is without blame when dealing with the apostrophe,may and might,loathe and loath, and other conundrums of the English language.
It is precisely these controversies that make the book so stimulating;it raises questions that makes the reader react with the same verve as the author. A useful book to use in the classroom.
I should advise anyone seeking real substance in this area to buy "Mind the Gaffe" by R L Trask (paperback from Penguin Books, 2002) where they will find at least 5 times as many examples, with more extensive explanations for £4 less.
My subtitle for "Between You and I" would be "a Bad Little Book of English."
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.
Well done Mr. Cochrane!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The nbook is a pick upo and put down and pick up again. Too long and complex to read straight through but highlights the use of poor english and sloppy wordage.Published on 26 Aug. 2013 by Mr. A. R. Hill
This amusing "pamphlet" exceeded my expectations.
It is a short book padded into a book and should be cheaper as its contents would scarcely fill 3 pages of a normal paperback
A brilliant witty book filled with essentially trivia. As another reviewer states "a great hoot" would be possible to read and re-read without getting bored. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2009 by Karl Grocock