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Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk
 
 
Author
Bill Walsh.
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin  
Format paperback
ISBN 9781250006639
Pages/Publication Date 288/2013
Daedalus Item Code 38929
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These are interesting times for word nerds, notes Washington Post copy editor Bill Walsh in his long-awaited follow-up to Lapsing Into a Comma and The Elephants of Style. We ate, shot, and left, bonding over a joke about a panda. We go on Facebook just to abuse the friends of our friends when they use poor grammar. And we made a parody of the AP Stylebook, of all things, a bestseller. But there is a world out there beyond the stylebooks, beyond Strunk and White, beyond Lynne Truss and Failblogs, cautions Walsh, who here argues hilariously with both sides in the language wars—the sticklers and the apologists—and even with himself over when to be precise and when to not be (don't split infinitives!) a jerk.

"In his third volume of musings and pronouncements on language, Bill Walsh argues persuasively that there's room at the table for both prescriptivists and descriptivists—or what he calls 'the sticklers' and 'the spoilsports.' With keen intelligence, dry humor, and panache, he exhorts us not only to think more critically about how we write and speak but also to strive for 'tiny acts of elegance' in that 'slippery and elusive' realm called standard American English. Some will call Walsh a demigod of usage. Others will call him a demagogue. I call him, oxymoronically, our most amiable curmudgeon of style."— Charles Harrington Elster

 
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