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Short Synopsis
The author of Reading the OED presents an eye-opening look at language "mistakes" and how they came to be accepted as correct—or not.

Full Synopsis
English is a glorious mess of a language, cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, and changing over time with popular usage. Many of the words and usages we embrace as standard and correct today were at first considered slang, impolite, or just plain wrong.

Whether you consider yourself a stickler, a nitpicker, or a rule-breaker in the know, Bad English is sure to enlighten, enrage, and perhaps even inspire. Filled with historic and contemporary examples, the book chronicles the long and entertaining history of language mistakes, and features some of our most common words and phrases, including decimate, hopefully, enormity, that vs. which, enervate vs. energize, bemuse vs. amuse, literally vs. figuratively, ain't, irregardless, socialist, OMG, and stupider.

Lively, funny, and surprising, this is a book that will settle arguments among word lovers—and it's sure to start a few, too.

"On the playground of language, there is no more mischievous laddie than Ammon Shea." ---Roy Peter Clark, author of The Glamour of Grammar

"Language is funny, and so is Ammon Shea. His excellent new book tours our irrational prejudices about language." ---David Skinner, author of The Story of Ain't

"Recommend to language fanatics." ---Library Journal Audio Review

Bad English

A History of Linguistic Aggravation

Author Ammon Shea

Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

Publication date Aug 19, 2014

Running time 7 hrs 21 min

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