Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation

Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation

Ammon Shea


The writer of Reading the OED provides an eye-opening examine language “mistakes” and the way they got here to be authorized as correct—or no longer.

English is a wonderful mess of a language, cobbled jointly from a wide selection of resources and syntaxes, and altering over the years with renowned utilization. a few of the phrases and usages we include as typical and proper at the present time have been before everything thought of slang, rude, or simply simple wrong.

Whether you think about your self a stickler, a nitpicker, or a rule-breaker within the recognize, undesirable English is certain to enlighten, enrage, and maybe even motivate. jam-packed with old and modern examples, the publication chronicles the lengthy and exciting historical past of language error, and contours a few of our most typical phrases and words, including:

Decimate
Hopefully
Enormity
That/which
Enervate/energize
Bemuse/amuse
Literally/figuratively
Ain’t Irregardless
Socialist
OMG
Stupider

Lively, amazing, humorous, and delightfully readable, this can be a booklet that may settle arguments between be aware lovers—and it’s certain to commence a couple of, too.

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