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Entertaning, but not terribly helpful
on December 30, 2001
I bought this book with high expectations after having hearing the author on National Public Radio. I thought that it would highlight the degredation of the English language; I hoped that it would help me hone my use of English.
However, the book did not do this for me. Perhaps I was wrong in expecting it to. In fact, however, it didn't do ANYthing for me but raise new hackles. Instead of providing any kind of guidance as to "more accepted" and "less accepted" uses of English words and phrases, it left me hanging. The book has an annoying tendency to present letters from people who make various observations, only to couple with the author's brilliant commentary which, distilled to its core point, tends to be "Hmmm. Interesting point."
I guess I'm just the kind of person who prefers not just to raise questions, but to have some attempt at answering them. This book doesn't make those attempts to answer.