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Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language

Autor: Kellerman, Stewart
O'Conner, Patricia T.

Editorial: Random House

Formato:Papel Delgado (Paperback)
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Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language : Do you cringe when a talking head pronounces "niche" as NITCH? Do you get bent out of shape when your teenager begins a sentence with "and"? Do you think British spellings are more "civilised" than the American versions? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you're myth-informed.nbsp;

nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; In Origins of the Specious, word mavens Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman reveal why some of grammar's best-known "rules" aren't--and never were--rules at all. This playfully witty, rigorously researched book sets the record straight about bogus word origins, politically correct fictions, phony franíƒÂ§ais, fake acronyms, and more. Here are some shockers: "They" was once commonly used for both singular and plural, much the way "you" is today. And an eighteenth-century female grammarian, of all people, is largely responsible for the all-purpose "he." From the Queen's English to street slang, this eye-opening romp will be the toast of grammarphiles and the salvation of grammarphobes. Take our word for it.


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ISBN 13:9780812978100
ISBN 10:0812978102
Formato:Papel Delgado (Paperback)
Idioma:Inglés
Páginas:266
Tamaño:8.00" l x 5.50" w x 1.00" h
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