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Adventures of a Verbivore Hardcover – March, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; First Edition edition (March 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671709410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671709419
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Prolific wordsmith Lederer's latest gathering of essays and columns--some new, some culled from Writer's Digest , Verbatim , etc.--is a word-lover's delight. It includes several personal pieces, like one about his encounter with Black English while teaching in an inner-city Philadelphia school, or one describing his son's career as a poker player, which leads to a discussion of discard , bottom dollar and other terms derived from card playing. Lederer samples the "oys and joys" of Yiddish, compiles a lexicon of prep-school slang ( Bag the za for cancel the pizza ) and demystifies Britspeak ( way out means exit ). He tosses off outrageous puns, navigates treacherous shoals of grammar and usage, explores regional U.S. dialects, poses word puzzles, ponders palindromic names and shows how the mass media have become a "tower of babel" generating new idioms and catchphrases.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Another linguistic treat follows up best seller Crazy English (Pocket Bks.,
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By bean on November 24, 2012
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A bit 'heavy' for what I thought it would be. It's a wonderful class resource for the teacher to use.
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On p14 he calls words 'the stuff and credence of life' (what CAN he mean?) while on the very next page 'expostulate' is misused (I just checked) - so a 'verbivore' may ingest words but doesn't always regurgitate them successfully. Same goes for derivations - one feels Lederer wouldn't know a folk etymology (linguistic 'urban legend') if it nested in his short and curlies, and anyway the internet does these things so much better nowadays (I just looked up 'spitting image'(p34) on Phrase Finder). Lederer's enthusiasm, though, is irresistible. A voice from a gentler era
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