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As one of the people Mr. Hitchings gently teases in his book (i.e., an "inveterate fusspot" and an avid follower of the "prescriptive grammar" approach), it is a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by sharon d
I've always been interested in how people communicate in general and in language and it's uses - especially why we say things in the way we do. Read morePublished 18 months ago by marvaleo
Just the type of book I was looking for, and it will be used as a gift for a friend.Published on March 25, 2013 by Ellen
I'm reading this book, but I got stymied at the chapter about America because the author has the Native Americans fighting with the British against their colonists in the 7 years... Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by KAMV9
Hitchings does a monumental job in research and thoroughness on the history of the English language comparable to The Secret Life of Words. Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by Elvin Ortiz
As author Henry Hitchings notes in the opening of "The Language Wars," those whose first language is English frequently argue and debate about how to use the language properly in... Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Eric Mayforth
I anticipated a book that had a little more imagination to it than this. While it does point out the history of spelling, or non-spelling if you will, for example, it tends to... Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by Charles J. Kolker Jr.
I'm only a few chapters into the book and I've already learned some interesting things. The author is British so you'll see some British spellings and expressions. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by jimtherunner