Is There a Cow in Moscow?: Another Opinionated Guide for the Well Spoken Paperback – 1 Oct 1990
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After studying both books over a month-long period and overcoming the stage fright of worrying about saying some word incorrectly, I have emerged into a new world where I use and pronounce words more accurately. If you believe our language is worth preserving with a resemblance to its historical contours, some focus on "proper" pronunciation is essential. Mr. Elster has done a lot of research for you, and encourages you to consider his findings and suggestions as you set your personal course toward better speech.
I have to add that because the book is divided into a series of entertaining alphabetical vignettes on word origin, evolution, and pronunciation, it lends itself well to the coffee table and other places where people sit to casually read. Don't underestimate the entertainment value of this topic - it is anything but dry and antiseptic. There is real drama in the battle for the English language, including the way we say our words. You will be amazed at how many words you learned and were taught to pronounce the wrong way. If you feel any responsibility at all for preserving the language, Elster will motivate you to clean up your act and improve your standing in the English-speaking world.