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Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language

Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language


作者  /  Kellerman, Stewart/ O'Conner, Patricia T.

出版社 / Penguin Random House LLC

出版日期 / 2010/08/24

商品語言 / 英文

裝訂 / 平裝

定價 / NT$525

售價 / 9折, NT$ 473

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Do you cringe when a talking head pronounces “niche” as NITCH? Do you get bent out of shape when your teenager begins a sentence with “and”? Do you think British spellings are more “civilised” than the American versions? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re myth-informed. 

    In Origins of the Specious, word mavens Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman reveal why some of grammar’s best-known “rules” aren’t—and never were—rules at all. This playfully witty, rigorously researched book sets the record straight about bogus word origins, politically correct fictions, phony français, fake acronyms, and more. Here are some shockers: “They” was once commonly used for both singular and plural, much the way “you” is today. And an eighteenth-century female grammarian, of all people, is largely responsible for the all-purpose “he.” From the Queen’s English to street slang, this eye-opening romp will be the toast of grammarphiles and the salvation of grammarphobes. Take our word for it.







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誠品26碼 /2680543057006
ISBN 13 /9780812978100
ISBN 10 /0812978102
EAN /9780812978100

頁數288
裝訂平裝
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語言英文
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