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“Lynch's highly readable book will appeal to all users of the English language, from word buffs to scholars alike.” ―Library Journal
“Lynch recognizes that grace, clarity, and precision of expression are paramount. His many well-chosen and entertaining examples support his conclusion that prescriptions and pedantry will always give way to change, and that we should stop fretting, relax, and embrace it.” ―Boston Globe
“In his sprightly new history of the notion of ‘proper' English … Lynch [asks] us all to calm down, please, and recognize that ‘proper' English is a recent and changeable institution.” ―Salon
This book is language-geek candy. It's the Semantic Resistance's answer to Grammar Nazis. It does a wonderful job of explaining that language is far more art than sciencePublished 1 month ago by Brian Corrigan
I love language and grammar books but this exploration of the development of language was superb. Who chooses what we think is proper English and how does that become the norm;... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Annie Maus
The book is delightful. English can be fun, but misusing it can spoil your hoped-for good impression. Prof. Lynch explains it with wit and clarity. Read morePublished 11 months ago by wrangler
LOVE this book. If you are a grammarian or have ever been called a Grammar Nazi, I highly recommend this book..It's fun and informative without being dry. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Curt J. Huffman
In the paperback edition of this book I received, pages 217 - 248 were replaced by pages 245 - 276 from Michael D'Orso's "Eagle Blue"... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jon Brooks
Jack Lynch's The Lexicographer's Dilemma answers the questions about language that we all want to ask: Where do finicky grammar rules come from? Read morePublished 19 months ago by Emily
The book came just in time, the book is in perfect and amazing conditions. I truly and highly recommend this carrier. As a college student, I need things fast, they do just that.Published 22 months ago by Anaiise
Word lovers, students of English, history buffs, proponents and detractors of the Oxford comma, linguaphiles and logophiles of ever ilk: You will delight in this book!Published on September 16, 2013 by Kindle Customer