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Horrible Words

A Guide to the Misuse of English

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Horrible Words by Rebecca Gowers
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'Stuffed with entertaining detail ... Horrible Words is lively, provocative, witty and enlightening' The Times Nothing inflames the language purists like an illogical irregardless or a hideous otherization. But is it enough simply to dismiss these words as vile and barbarous howlers? Taking a genial tour far and wide through our linguistic badlands, Rebecca Gowers finds answers that are helpful, surprising and often extremely funny. 'Exuberant, erudite, informative and fun ... a call on all English-speakers to trust their own feel for their language, to relish their verbal inventiveness and to do battle against the pedants who tell them they are wrong' Michael Skapinker, Financial Times 'A very useful book, packed with good historical sense' Lynne Truss, The Times

Author Biography

Rebecca Gowers is the author of The Swamp of Death, shortlisted for the CWA non-fiction Golden Dagger Award, and of two novels, When to Walk and The Twisted Heart, both longlisted for the Orange Prize. She is also the most recent editor of Plain Words, the classic guide to the use of English by her great-grandfather Sir Ernest Gowers.
Release date NZ
March 30th, 2017
Pages
224
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Penguin Books Ltd
Dimensions
129x198x13
ISBN-13
9780141978970
Product ID
26137798

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