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Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour 1st , Kindle Edition
|Length: 436 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled|
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- One star removed because she boasts about how she smokes e-cigs in restaurants and trains and tried to convince readers that it is harmless water vapour (no Kate, nicotine is not harmless)
- Two stars removed from the continuous misuse of the word "irony". Initially the text is rather confusing as it talks about how much English people use irony in conversation, and then you finally figure out she actually means "sarcasm". So you have to mentally replace the word "irony" with "sarcasm" for the book to make sense - and since the word comes up hundreds of times as a main theme it makes the book quite painful to read. She actually uses the word "irony" in the correct context once in the middle of the book, so it seems a deliberate misuse of the word, perhaps because she thinks "irony" sounds better than "sarcasm"?
I realise that a few less educated Americans got confused by the word irony and started to think it meant sarcasm - but the vast majority of Americans will understand the word sarcasm just fine, and no need to spoil the book for the rest of the world. If you must, make a special American edition of the book with the words misused.
Kate maintains her love/hate relationship with her fellow Albions, freely venting her frustrations with our quirks and oddities with lashing of humour and sharp insights.
Recommended for natives and foreigners alike!
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