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Weeds in the Garden of Words: Further Observations On The Tangled History Of The English Language Paperback – 16 Jun 2005

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (16 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521618231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521618236
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'… for those who failed to brush up their grammar, hope is at hand from a new book that celebrates slang and poor punctuation.' The Independent

'… not all change is good. Burridge is quick to criticise 'evil weed' words, such as dishonest euphemisms that try to sound neutral when really they are negative, such as friendly fire and downsize.' BBC News Magazine

'… the fact that a book can stimulate such debate is proof positive that the English language is a rude and robust health. We should all celebrate that.' Daily Express

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The English language is a glorious garden, but it also contains some weeds. Linguistic weeds may be slang expressions, non-standard pronunciations, or constructions that are out of place. But what one gardener calls a 'weed', another may call a 'flower'. The same goes for words and their usage in English.

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