Horrible Words A Guide to the Misuse of English

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Publisher's Synopsis

'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

Book information

ISBN: 9780141978970
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 428
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: v, 207
Weight: 174g
Height: 198mm
Width: 128mm
Spine width: 32mm