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Horrible Words: A Guide to the Misuse of English

Horrible Words A Guide to the Misuse of English Nothing inflames the language gripers like a misplaced disinterested an illogical irregardless a hideous operationalisation To purists these are howlers and non words fit only for scorn But in the

  • Title: Horrible Words: A Guide to the Misuse of English
  • Author: Rebecca Gowers
  • ISBN: 9781846148514
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nothing inflames the language gripers like a misplaced disinterested, an illogical irregardless, a hideous operationalisation To purists these are howlers and non words , fit only for scorn But in their rush to condemn such terms, are the naysayers missing something In this provocative and hugely entertaining book, Rebecca Gowers throws light on a great array of horriNothing inflames the language gripers like a misplaced disinterested, an illogical irregardless, a hideous operationalisation To purists these are howlers and non words , fit only for scorn But in their rush to condemn such terms, are the naysayers missing something In this provocative and hugely entertaining book, Rebecca Gowers throws light on a great array of horrible words, and shows how the diktats of the pedants are repeatedly based on misinformation, false reasoning and straight up snobbery The result is a brilliant work of history, a surreptitious introduction to linguistics, and a mischievous salute to the misusers of the language It is also a bold manifesto asserting our common rights over English, even as it questions the true nature of style.

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    1 thought on “Horrible Words: A Guide to the Misuse of English

    1. Oh I loved this book! Gowers is a wonderful writer, and her argument is perfectly suited to her purpose. She addresses throughout a reader who desires above all to drive vocabulary purists and prescriptivists insane, giving that reader advice on how best to do it. Hilarious. From back-formations to phrasal verbs to portmanteaus to double negatives, she shows us how our efforts to keep the English language static and correct are both ill-informed and useless, with wonderful examples and side note [...]

    2. I'm not sure how the writer managed to make what should be an interesting topic so flat and lifeless.

    3. How many of us, encouraged by our love of language and reading, followed an academic path that led to prescriptivism? This book serves as an entertaining and erudite corrective. But, in its exploration of usage, grammar, and etymology, descriptivists might find themselves compiling their own lists of horrible words (strictly for personal use, of course).

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