Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation

Author(s): Ammon Shea (Ammon Shea)

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English is a glorious mess of a language, cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, and changing over time with popular usage. Many of the words and usages we embrace as standard and correct today were at first considered slang, impolite, or just plain wrong. Whether you consider yourself a stickler, a nitpicker or a rule-breaker in the know, BAD ENGLISH is sure to enlighten, enrage and perhaps even inspire. Filled with contemporary and historic examples, the book chronicles the long and entertaining history of language mistakes.


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Ammon Sheais the author of "Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages "along with "Depraved English, Insulting English, "and "The Phone Book. "A dictionary collector, he has worked as a consulting editor of American dictionaries at Oxford University Press. He has also contributed to the "On Language" column in Sunday's "New York Times "and has reviewed language books for the "New York Times Book Review." He lives in Brooklyn, New York."

General Fields

  • : 9780399165580
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : 0.234
  • : June 2015
  • : 210mm X 140mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 272