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Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language
 
 
Author
Patricia T. O'Conner & Stewart Kellerman.
Publisher Random House  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780812978100
Pages/Publication Date 266/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31286
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Do you cringe when a commentator pronounces "niche" as "nitch?" Do you get bent out of shape when someone writes "they" for a lone person of undetermined sex? Do you think British spellings are more "civilised" than the American versions? If you answered yes to any of those questions, note word mavens Patricia O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman, you're myth-informed. Here they reveal—playfully and without judgment—why some of grammar's oft-quoted "rules" aren't rules at all, setting the record straight about bogus word origins, politically correct fictions, phony Français, fake acronyms, and more.

"A tour de force of our beautifully corrupted language ... and dull it ain't."—Garrison Keillor

 
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