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Verbatim: From the Bawdy to the Sublime, the Best Writing on Language for Word Lovers, Grammar Mavens, and Armchair Linguists (Harvest Original)

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From the bawdy to the sublime, the best writing on language for word lovers, grammar mavens, and armchair linguists. A brilliant, witty, and engaging compendium on the uses and abuses of the English language.

With bestselling narratives such as The Professor and the Madman to edicts by popular grammar mavens including Pat O'Conner and Barbara Wallraff,

it is clear readers outside of academia are becoming more and more intrigued with language. Founded by legendary lexicographer Lawrence Urdang, for thirty years Verbatim has published amusing and intriguing articles on the English language and the idea of language in general. Here, for the first time, is a collection of Verbatim's greatest hits and wondrous discoveries on concept, usage, jargon, wordplay, linguistics, blunders, malapropisms, and more.

With contributors such as Richard Lederer, Jesse Sheidlower, and Joe Queenan, lexicography heavyweights like Frederick Cassidy and William Kunstler, Verbatim is a smart and sassy collection for anyone seeking the highly scholarly or the completely frivolous. From the uses of language in the Bible to the components of a British soccer chant, this astounding collection is sure to offer something for every language enthusiast and word lover to enjoy.

Synopsis:

From the language in the Bible to the components of a British soccer chant, this compendium explores the uses and abuses of the English language.

About the Author

Erin McKean is the editor of Verbatim: A Language Quarterly and senior editor, U.S. Dictionaries, for Oxford University Press. McKean wanted to be a lexicographer since she was eight years old after reading a newspaper story about the production of the second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. She attended the University of Chicago, where she completed a B.A. and an M.A. in linguistics in four years. She lives in Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156012096
Editor:
McKean, Erin
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Editor:
McKean, Erin
Author:
McKean, Erin
Location:
San Diego
Subject:
Vocabulary
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Language and languages
Subject:
Etymology
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Linguistics - Etymology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Harvest Original
Series Volume:
00-001
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
black-and-white line art
Pages:
372
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.77 lb

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