- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee (May 6, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399534237
- ISBN-13: 978-0399534232
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Literally, the Best Language Book Ever: Annoying Words and Abused Phrases You Should Never Use Again Paperback – May 6, 2008
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About the Author
Paul Yeager is the managing editor of Accuweather.com and a freelance writer. As a child, he was annoyed when reading, writing, and arithmetic were referred to as the “Three R’s,” and he hasn’t changed a bit over the years. He lives in Altoona, PA.
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I was surprised to see a reviewer say that it's great for students and catch-phrase-prone people but that there's not much more here than a "smug bit of fun" for those of us who already know more. I think this book is for anyone who's interested in the English language, wants to improve skills, or wants to commiserate about the sorry state of our cliché-stuffed conversations.
How many times do we hear people say `me and my brother went to the store' instead of the grammatically correct `my brother and I went' or hear our boss say the sneaky "why don't you go ahead and..." rather than make a direct request or hear someone use "literally" when giving a figurative example. If making conscious word choices is being a grammar or language snob, then you may gleefully count me in.
This is not a book on how to diagram sentences or construct a paragraph. This is a book that targets specific grammar and language errors and humorously explains why they're either wrong or, when they're not technically wrong, why they're inappropriate or overused.
I have added it to my collection of language favorites!
The author seems to have written this book more on phrases that he dislikes, and then proceeds to explain the minute detail that is incorrect in the phrase. He has an extreme dislike for business terms, which, sure, are often made up, but they work for what is trying to be expressed.
This book looked promising, but every time I sit and read some of it, I get progressively more annoyed. I think at one point, I saw a phrase and actually said "Are you kidding me?"