Bad English by Ammon Shea audiobook

Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation

By Ammon Shea
Read by Mike Chamberlain

Tantor Audio 9780399165573
7.36 Hours 1
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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 historic and contemporary examples, the book chronicles the long and entertaining history of language mistakes, and features some of our most common words and phrases, including decimate, hopefully, enormity, that vs. which, enervate vs. energize, bemuse vs. amuse, literally vs. figuratively, ain't, irregardless, socialist, OMG, and stupider. Lively, funny, and surprising, this is a book that will settle arguments among word lovers—and it's sure to start a few, too.

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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 historic and contemporary examples, the book chronicles the long and entertaining history of language mistakes, and features some of our most common words and phrases, including decimate, hopefully, enormity, that vs. which, enervate vs. energize, bemuse vs. amuse, literally vs. figuratively, ain't, irregardless, socialist, OMG, and stupider. Lively, funny, and surprising, this is a book that will settle arguments among word lovers—and it's sure to start a few, too.

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On the playground of language, there is no more mischievous laddie than Ammon Shea. Roy Peter Clark, author of The Glamour of Grammar

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Author Bio: Ammon Shea

Author Bio: Ammon Shea

Ammon Shea is the author of two previous books on obscure words, Depraved English and Insulting English (written with Peter Novobatzky). He read his first dictionary, Merriam-Webster’s Second International, ten years ago, and followed it up with the sequel, Webster’s Third International.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 7.36
Audience: Adult
Language: English