Bad English

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'Our language is a glorious hodge-podge that is the result of invasion, exploration, linguistic inventiveness and, yes, simple error.' Those errors, or perceived errors, how they originated and how they have developed is the subject of Ammon Shea's book. Rather than a prescriptive guide to the elusive 'proper English', Shea discusses 'cherished linguistic peeves' such as verbs used as nouns, split infinitives and ain't, and shows how English takes mistakes and changing usage in its stride.

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Bad English

Bad English

A History of Linguistic Aggravation

Hardback270pp

9780399165573     Product Code: 225778

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'Our language is a glorious hodge-podge that is the result of invasion, exploration, linguistic inventiveness and, yes, simple error.' Those errors, or perceived errors, how they originated and how they have developed is the subject of Ammon Shea's book. Rather than a prescriptive guide to the elusive 'proper English', Shea discusses 'cherished linguistic peeves' such as verbs used as nouns, split infinitives and ain't, and shows how English takes mistakes and changing usage in its stride.

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