Miracle of Language

ISBN-10: 0671028111
ISBN-13: 9780671028114
Edition: 1999 (Revised)
Authors: Richard Lederer
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 4/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Richard Lederer, the well-known wordsmith, originally intended to practice medicine. He entered Haverford College as a pre-medical student, but when he realized that he was more interested in the textbooks' language than their substance, he switched his major to English. He next attended Harvard Law School, but again switched majors--this time entering Harvard's Master of Arts and Teaching program. After graduation, he taught English and media at St. Paul's School, in Concord, N.H., for 27 years. Upon earning his Ph.D. in English and Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire, he decided to pursue a career writing books on the English language. His first book, Anguished English, was a popular success and launched his career. His books, newspaper columns, and speaking engagements have allowed Lederer, in his own words, "to extend my mission of teachership." Lederer describes himself as a "verbivore" - one who consumes words. He says, "Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words." His fascination with word play (particularly, palindromes and puns) resulted in his nicknames--"Attila the Pun" and "Conan the Grammarian."

Introduction I
Winged Words
The Miracle of Language
How Do We Know What We Know?
In Praise of English
The Case for Short Words
English at PlayBrave New Words
Cracks in the Pane
Is English Prejudiced?
Words We Need
The Department of Redundancy Department
One Word Can Change the World
The loom of Literature
Literary Wordmakers
A Man of Fire-New Words
No Harmless Drudges, They
The Word Magic of Lewis Carroll
The Year of Mark Twain
The Hilltop of the Heart
The Legacy of T.S. Eliot
George Orwell Is Watching You
Write on!
Bookmobility
A Celebration of LibrariesYa Got Any Good Books Here?
What Is Poetry?
You Can Be a PoetA Letter Is Forever
A Gallimaufry for Word lovers
Words About words
Index

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