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Publisher Comments:

From the language maven whom William Safire calls "ek-STROR-

di-ner-ee" comes an authoritative and unapologetically opinionated look at American speech. As Charles Harrington Elster points out, there is no sewer in connoisseur, no dip in diphthong, no spear in experiment, and, as not quite everyone knows, no pronoun in pronunciation. A culmination of more than fifteen years of observation and study, The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations is more than just a pronunciation guide. Elster discusses past and present usage, alternatives, analogies, and tendencies and offers plenty of advice, none of it objective.

"A great treasure of authoritative advice, dashing opinion, and

cunning wit" (Boston Globe), this second edition of The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations has now been expanded and revised and

features 100 new words, including

al-Qaeda

commensurate

curriculum vita(e)

exacerbate

gigabyte

machismo

Pulitzer

W (as in www-dot)

and much, much more.

Synopsis:

The definitive pronouncement on more than 1,500 of our most commonly mispronounced words.

From the language maven Charles Harrington Elster comes an authoritative and unapologetically opinionated look at American speech. As Elster points out, there is no sewer in connoisseur, no dip in diphthong, and no pronoun in pronunciation. The culmination of twenty years of observation and study, The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations is more than just a pronunciation guide. Elster discusses past and present usage, alternatives, analogies, and tendencies and offers plenty of advice, none of it objective. Whether you are adamant or ambivalent about the spoken word, Elster arms you with the information you need to decide what is acceptable for you.

The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations has now been expanded and revised and features nearly 200 new words, including:

al-Qaeda bruschetta commensurate coup de grâce curriculum vita exacerbate gigabyte hara-kiri machismo Muslim Niger Pinochet Pulitzer sorbet tinnitus w (as in www-dot)

and many, many more.

Charles Harrington Elster is the pronunciation editor of Blacks Law Dictionary and the author of various books about language, including Verbal Advantage, Theres a Word for It, and What in the Word? He has been a guest columnist on language for the Boston Globe and the New York Times Magazine and a commentator on NPR and hundreds of radio shows around the country.

About the Author

Charles Harrington Elster is a guest contributor to the New York Times Magazine's "On Language" column and has been a commentator on NPR and hundreds of radio shows around the country. He is the author of numerous books, including There Is No Zoo in Zoology and Is There a Cow in Moscow?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618423156
Author:
Elster, Charles Harr
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Author:
Elster, Charles Harrington
Author:
Charles H
Author:
arrington Elster
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Dictionaries
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Dictionaries - Synonyms/Antonyms
Subject:
Pronunciation
Subject:
Dictionaries - General
Subject:
English language -- Pronunciation.
Subject:
Reference-Synonyms and Antonyms
Subject:
Reference - Dictionaries
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Publication Date:
June 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.0 x 6.0 in

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The definitive pronouncement on more than 1,500 of our most commonly mispronounced words.

From the language maven Charles Harrington Elster comes an authoritative and unapologetically opinionated look at American speech. As Elster points out, there is no sewer in connoisseur, no dip in diphthong, and no pronoun in pronunciation. The culmination of twenty years of observation and study, The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations is more than just a pronunciation guide. Elster discusses past and present usage, alternatives, analogies, and tendencies and offers plenty of advice, none of it objective. Whether you are adamant or ambivalent about the spoken word, Elster arms you with the information you need to decide what is acceptable for you.

The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations has now been expanded and revised and features nearly 200 new words, including:

al-Qaeda bruschetta commensurate coup de grâce curriculum vita exacerbate gigabyte hara-kiri machismo Muslim Niger Pinochet Pulitzer sorbet tinnitus w (as in www-dot)

and many, many more.

Charles Harrington Elster is the pronunciation editor of Blacks Law Dictionary and the author of various books about language, including Verbal Advantage, Theres a Word for It, and What in the Word? He has been a guest columnist on language for the Boston Globe and the New York Times Magazine and a commentator on NPR and hundreds of radio shows around the country.

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