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It is clear that the author loves language and is extremely knowledgeable This book shines in the early chapters in its explorations of the origins of English, redundancies across the different sources and their differences in connotations, the nature of puns, early dictionaries, and muchI found the dictionary section to be very interesting it presents the dictionaries of Samuel Johnson and Ambrose Bierce.
As the book proceeds, it loses the focus on language in its own right, and It is clear that the author loves language and is extremely knowledgeable This book shines in the early chapters in its explorations of the origins of English, redundancies across the different sources and their differences in conno I loved it, but nothing else quite comes close to the joy to be found within the pages of Anguished English An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language Verbalist Richard Lederer, America S Wizard Of IdiomDenver Post , Presents A Love Letter To The Most Glorious Of Human Achievements Welcome To Richard Lederer S Beguiling Celebration Of Language Of Our Ability To Utter, Write, And Receive Words No Purists Need Stop Here Mr Lederer Is No Linguistic Sheriff Organizing Posses To Hunt Down And String Up Language Offenders Instead, Join Him In Praise Of English, And Discover Why The Tongue Described In Shakespeare S Day As Of Small Reatch Has Become The Most Å read ↠´ The Miracle of Language by Richard Lederer Í Widely Spoken Language In History English Never Rejects A Word Because Of Race, Creed, Or National Origin Did You Know That Jukebox Comes From Gullah Andcanoe From Haitian CreoleMany Of Our Greatest Writers Have Invented Words And Bequeathed New Expressions To Our Eveyday Conversations Can You Imagine Making Up Almost Ten Percent Of Our Written Vocabulary Scholars Now Know That William Shakespeare Did Just ThatHe Also Points Out The Pitfalls And Pratfalls Of English If A Man Mans A Station, What Does A Woman Do In The The Department Of Redundancy Department, Is English Prejudiced And Other Essays, Richard Lederer Urges Us Not To Abandon That Which Makes Us Human The Capacity To Distinguish, Discriminate, Compare, And Evaluate Richard Lederers The Miracle of Language is a treat for those who love language, both readers and teachers This 1991 book has generally aged well, though an update would be in order to consider the effect of the Internet on language, especially email, and the coming of ebooks A chapter devoted to a celebration of letter writing seems altogether from another era The book is a potpourri of different takes on languagesome study the impact of authors such as Shakespeare while others pay tribute Richard Lederer s The Miracle of Language is a treat for those who love language, both readers and teachers This 1991 book has generally aged well, though an update would be in order to consider the effect of the Internet on language, especially email, and the coming of ebooks A chapter devoted to a celebration of letter writing seems al Þ The Miracle of Language Ê The book jacket information promises us that author Richard Lederer has penned a love letter to the English language And that s exactly what this remarkable collection of his newspaper columns provides Every contribution reminded me of just how much influence our language has had on the world and how truly remarkable English really is I especially enjoyed his column dealing with all of the words Shakespeare added to our language and the essay paying tribute to books and reading is one I ll The book jacket information promises us that author Richard Lederer has penned a love letter to the English language And that s exactly what this remarkable collection of his newspaper columns provides Every contribution reminded If you have a lifelong unrestrained love for the English language, you owe it to yourself to readno, to immerse yourselfin this book Youre going to look at that copyright date, and youre going to smugly point out that the book is some 37 years old how could it possibly have value If you read this, you will dog ear, underline, and maybe even memorize pieces of this to go back and reread.
When he wrote this book, the author had a column that was apparently syndicated that dealt with the miracle If you have a lifelong unrestrained love for the English language, you owe it to yourself to read no, to immerse yourself in this book You re going to look at that copyright date, and you re going to smugly point out that the book is some 37 years old how could it possibly have value If you read this, you will dog ear, underline, and maybe even memorize I enjoy books about language and words, so naturally I greatly enjoyed this book Lederer quotes many authors and writers many of whom I have read and many whom I have not heard of before I like reading these quotes, as I can relate back to what I know about the writer and time period or look them up For example, we just read Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell in my English class Lederer mentions how Orwell spent time abroad in Burma as a sergeant with the Imperial Indian Police My I enjoy books about language and words, so naturally I greatly enjoyed this book Lederer quotes many authors and writers many of whom I have read and many whom I have not heard of before I like reading these quotes, as I can relate back to what I know about the writer and time period or look them up For example, we just read Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell in my English class Le



This book really got me excited about language, reading, writing, the whole gamut It is laugh out loud entertaining for the first half maybe even 2 3 Then he reverted into just page after page of quotes by others about poetry, words, writing and on and on I would read maybe 20 quotes and then skip to the end of the list hoping the next chapter would be like the first part of the book It never happened The last 1 3 of the book is great if you are looking for a quote, but it is not smooth This book really got me excited about language, reading, writing, the whole gamut It is laugh out loud entertaining for the first half maybe even 2 3 Then he reverted into just page after page of quotes by others about poetry, words, writing and on and on I would read maybe 2 If you cherish and celebrate words, favorite authors, the English language and its history, you willthan likely find this an excellent read the book was written in 1991 It s a book I ll open again and again, simply to cherry pick and read the stories within Continued thoughtsregarding authors William Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson, Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, T.
S Eliot, George Orwell are authors whom Lederer gives to each his her own chapter although plenty of other If you cherish and celebrate words, favorite authors, the English language and its history, you willthan likely find this an excellent read the book was written in 1991 It s a book I ll open again and again, simply to cherry pick and read the stories within Continued thoughtsregarding The insults to your intelligence begin right in the introduction, where you ll find a stupidly self aggrandizing, obviously fictional anecdote about a policeman rewarding him for criticizing the officer s grammar during a traffic stop Are you the guy who writes those books about language.
Then there s the pitifully shallow chapter on biased language, that can t decide how seriously to treat its subject Then there s the chapter on redundancy, where the author hilariously twists himself into The insults to your intelligence begin right in the introduction, where you ll find a stupidly self aggrandizing, obviously fictional anecdote about a policeman rewarding him for criticizing the officer s grammar during a traffic stop Are you the guy who writes those books about language.
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