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Verbatim: From the bawdy to the sublime, the best writing on language for word lovers, grammar mavens, and armchair linguists By Erin McKean Verbatim From the bawdy to the sublime the best writing on language for word lovers grammar mavens and armchair linguists A brilliant witty and engagin exploration of the many facets of the English language For thir years VERBATIM The language Quarterly has published amusing interesting and occasionally useful essays
  • Title: Verbatim: From the bawdy to the sublime, the best writing on language for word lovers, grammar mavens, and armchair linguists
  • Author: Erin McKean
  • ISBN: 9780156012096
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • Verbatim: From the bawdy to the sublime, the best writing on language for word lovers, grammar mavens, and armchair linguists By Erin McKean A brilliant, witty, and engagin exploration of the many facets of the English language.For thir years VERBATIM The language Quarterly has published amusing, interesting, and occasionally useful essays on concept, usage, jargon, wordplay, lexicography, linguistics, blunders, malapropisms, and antyin esle remotely or at all tied to the English language HEre, collected foA brilliant, witty, and engagin exploration of the many facets of the English language.For thir years VERBATIM The language Quarterly has published amusing, interesting, and occasionally useful essays on concept, usage, jargon, wordplay, lexicography, linguistics, blunders, malapropisms, and antyin esle remotely or at all tied to the English language HEre, collected for the first itme, are some of the most fascinatin, funniest, and strangest pieces that first debuted in its pages.With reputable contributors such as Richard Lederer, Jesse Sheidlower, Joew Queenana, Frederic Cassidy, and Bryuan Garner, as well as language experts of dubious distinction, VERBATIM is a smart and sassy collection for anyone seeking the highly scholarly or the completely frivolous From the roots of medieval words to teh componenets of a British soccer chant, VERBATIM will offere seomething for every language lover and word nerd to enjoy.
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    1. God, I love this book Where else are you going to find a fascinating exegesis of the use of slang in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a discussion of the specific nuances of language within the S M community, and a discussion of dirty words down the centuries in a single volume Buy a copy for yourself and several for your friends who like to explore the back alleys of language.


    2. This is actually the first essay collection I ve read and as other people almost always say, I really enjoyed some of the essays while others just didn t do it for me The essays I liked the most generally fell into two categories First, the essays where the authors complained about particular new developments in speech and writing were often the funniest I loved the tongue in cheek ones where the authors sarcastically lauded the part of speech they were actually disparaging And the ones where th [...]


    3. This book collects some of the best articles from Verbatim, the language quarterly magazine Language and linguistics for the layperson since 1974 As someone with an amateur interest in linguistics, I found this book a perfect introduction to some of the most fun parts of it unique place names, malediction hearing bad words when there are none intended , slang and jargon, interesting etymologies, wordplay, and the histories of impolite words, among other things The book maintains a lighthearted f [...]


    4. I expected to like this book, since I majored in linguistics and am such a big Erin McKean fan But I generally found the articles read like pedantic laundry lists, which is a bit exhausting even for me.That said, here are two sayings from the Old Sussex dialect that I liked An impossible task calls forth the comment, I can t suck flour and whistle A scolding woman was said to give her husband a dish of tongues And it was also interesting to hear that Australians use diminutives ie, y , ey, o for [...]


    5. Excerpts from the magazine Verbatim, devoted to various aspects of words and language Of special note are the article about the Portuguese man who wrote an English phrase book even though his grasp on the language was very tenuous To wit Eatings include some boiled meat, some fritters, a stewed fruit, some wigs A discussion of word combinations that would never occur in English, yet manage to convey visual images e.g rotating strawberry madonnas is entertaining World history according to blooper [...]


    6. Someday, you should visit my bathroom It s full well not FULL, of course, since there has to be room left for normal bathroom activities of books that are easy and fun to read in small bites This one definitely will be housed there Verbatim was entertaining It is a collection of articles and essays written by different people about aspects of the english language As with any collection, some were better than others Overall though, it was quite good Most people who like reading writing words will [...]


    7. Each chapter focuses on an essence of language language usage dictionaries, place names, linguistics, etc and is a collection of articles published in Verbatim over the past approximately three decades I just read the articles that interested me I really enjoyed the clips sent in by readers that the editors placed throughout the book that demonstrated gross misuses of the English language They were quite entertaining.


    8. I hate to say it but the title may be better than the book Now, I love language and while many of the essays articles included in this book are rather interesting and witty, it s safe to say that a good deal of essays articles are tedious and boring What a shame.


    9. The wit of these linguists is hilarious I loved the SIC SIC SIC pieces and the chapter made up of students mistakes in history essays.People sensitive to swears should avoid sections of this book, but those words were treated so matter of factly that it didn t bother me.


    10. As a fan of language and wordplay, you can t do much better than Verbatim This book is a compilation of essays about the use and misuse of language from top scholars, including Richard Lederer



    11. Curious crack up of esoterica, grammatica, and the human mind reflected in its creative and half cocked relation to relating itself through words.



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