Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations The Complete Opinionated Guide for the Careful Speaker

ISBN-10: 061842315X

ISBN-13: 9780618423156

Edition: 2nd 2005

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From the language maven whom William Safire calls "ek-STROR- di-ner-ee" comes an authoritative and unapologetically opinionated look at American speech. As Charles Harrington Elster points out, there is no sewer in connoisseur, no dip in diphthong, no spear in experiment, and, as not quite everyone knows, no pronoun in pronunciation. A culmination of more than fifteen 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. "A great treasure of authoritative advice, dashing opinion, and cunning wit" (Boston Globe), this second edition of The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations has now been expanded and revised and features 100 new words, including al-Qaeda commensurate curriculum vita(e) exacerbate gigabyte machismo Pulitzer W (as in www-dot) and much, much more.
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 2/22/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694

CHARLES HARRINGTON ELSTER is a writer, broadcaster, and logophile-a lover of words. He is the author of several books, including The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations, Verbal Advantage, and There's a Word for It. He is also a guest contributor to the "On Language" column of the New York Times Magazine. He lives in San Diego.

Introduction to the Second Edition
Introduction to the First Edition
The Key to Pronunciation
Some Terms Often Used in This Book
The Guide
Authorities Consulted
Other Sources Cited or Consulted
Acknowledgments
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