The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations 2nd Edition. From the language maven Charles Harrington Elster comes an authoritative and unapologetically opinionated look at American speech. The culmination of twenty years of observation and study, The Big Book of Beastly. The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations [Charles Harrington Elster] on inevosisan.ga *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. More than one thousand of our. The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations book. Read 21 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The definitive pronouncement on more than.
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The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations has now been expanded and revised and features nearly new words, including: al-Qaeda bruschetta. The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations: The Complete Opinionated Guide for the Careful Speaker. Front Cover. Charles Harrington Elster. Houghton Mifflin. Includes bibliographical references (pages ) Contents: Introduction -- The Key to Pronunciation -- THE GUIDE -- Some Terms Often Used in This Book .
Ask me to find an obscure word and I won't sleep until I track it down. I am an unrepentant, irremediable word nerd and proud of it, for language is the most pleasant obsession I know.
Day and night, weekday and weekend, I am drawn to the luminescent screen of my computer, there to wrestle with strand upon strand of sticky syntax. If you want to find me, listen for a bunched clamor of keystrokes.
Look for a forehead furrowed from straining over where to place a comma or delete a word. Look for eyes gone blank from focusing too long on the cobwebs quivering in the corner of the ceiling.
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Look for a man seduced by the sound of syllables and caught in the web of words. If you are a fellow woolgatherer in the world of words, or simply an inquisitive visitor searching for verbal entertainment or enlightenment, I invite you to explore my website and learn more about my work.
When I tell people I'm a writer and they ask what I write, my stock answer is, "I write about the English language for a general audience. I write popular reference books for people who want to learn more words or learn more about words.
For many years I have also been a radio commentator, and for five and a half years I cohosted a weekly public radio talk show on language called A Way with Words. I am also a voice talent, with more than 30 years of experience narrating audio programs and books.
Here is an audio excerpt from the introduction to Word Workout, my eleventh book, published by St. Martin's Griffin.
The audiobook, narrated by me, is available from Macmillan Audio. Word Workout Intro 5.
The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations: The Complete Opinionated Guide for the Careful Speaker
At the top of this page, on the menu bar, click on Biography to find out more about me. Click on Writings to learn more about my books and articles, and to read my list of The Latest Outrageous Accidents of Style. Click on Events for information on my radio interviews and other appearances. The culmination of twenty years of observation and study, The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations is more than just a pronunciation guide.
Elster discusses past and present usage, alternatives, analogies, and tendencies and offers plenty of advice, none of it objective. Whether you are adamant or ambivalent about the spoken word, Elster arms you with the information you need to decide what is acceptable for you.
The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations has now been expanded and revised and features nearly new words, including: Those who don't give the subject a second thought and those who do. This book is for those who do. Elster's Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations combines and expands upon his two previous books on the subject, offering historical pronunciations, authoritative opinions his own and others' , and meandering explanations.
This book is more entertaining than a game of badminton don't say, "BAD-mitten," which Elster considers sloppy and more lasting than a daiquiri that's "DY-kuh-ree".
And best of all, you'll tighten up that flaccid "FLAK-sid" pronunciation. Kudos "KOO-dahs" to Elster for setting us straight. For now, anyway--there's a neologism "nee-AHL-uh-jiz'm" born every day. Find out more at charlesharringtonelster.
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My favorite passages are the ones that contain fun tidbits, like calling out famous people for saying something wrong, or describing a personal encounter with a mispronouncer. Charles Harrington Elster believes that yes, it does make a difference and that, for the record, one should pronounce the word AF-loo-int.
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