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The Language Wars: A History of Proper English
 
 
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Henry Hitchings.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780374183295
Pages/Publication Date 408/2011
Daedalus Item Code 33137
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The English language is a battlefield, says Henry Hitchings; since the age of Shakespeare, arguments over correct usage have been bitter, and have always really been about contesting values—morality, politics, and class. Also the author of The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English, Hitchings here examines the present state of the conflict, examining grammar rules, regional accents, swearing, spelling, dictionaries, political correctness, and the role of electronic media in reshaping language. He considers such details as the split infinitive, elocution, and text messaging, and introduces such intriguing characters as Jonathan Swift, Lewis Carroll, and Lenny Bruce.

"Thoroughly charming ... a rich history of English and the shifting rule books for its correctness.... Hitchings cautions readers to take care, not in the way of the 'grumblers, fault-finders, quibblers and mud-slingers,' but following the example of Orwell, in using language to be clear, to be honest, to connect with each other."—Boston Globe

 
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