Um... Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean

ISBN-10: 1400095433

ISBN-13: 9781400095438

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Authors: Michael Erard

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Um… is about how you really speak, and why it’s normal for your casual, everyday speech to be filled with verbal blunders — about one in every ten words. Why do they happen? Why can’t we control them? What can you tell about the people who make them? In this charming, engaging account of language in the wild, linguist and writer Michael Erard also explains why our attention to some verbal blunders rises and falls. Why was the spoonerism named after Reverend Spooner, not some other absent-minded person? Where did the Freudian slip come from? Why do we prize "umlessness" in speaking? And how do we explain the American presidents who are famous for their verbal blundering? You’ll have new ways to listen to yourself and others once you’ve met the people who work with verbal blunders every day — journalists, transcribers, interpreters, police officers, linguists, psychologists, among others — and when you’ve learned what verbal blunders tell about who we are and what we want. A rich investigation of a fascinating subject, full of entertaining examples,Um. . .is essential reading for talkers and listeners of all stripes. From the Hardcover edition.
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.20" wide x 8.00" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Allyson Lewis is a renowned time strategy expert, productivity speaker, and author of three books who has spent the last thirty years developing and teaching concrete, actionable business ideas to executives all over the country. Now, in The 7 Minute Solution, she shares these winning techniques and explains how you can apply them to all aspects of life. She lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas.Michael Erard has graduate degrees in linguistics and rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin. He's written about language, linguists, and linguistics for Wired, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other publications and is a contributing writer for The Texas Observer and Design Observer. He is the author of Um...: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean.

A Note to the Reader
Introduction
The Secrets of Reverend Spooner
The Life and Times of the Freudian Slip
Some Facts About Verbal Blunders
What We, uh, Talk About When We Talk About "uh"
A Brief History of "Um"
Well Spoken
The Birth of Bloopers
Slips in the Limelight
Fun with Slips
President Blunder
The Future of Verbal Blunders
AfterUm
Recommended Reading
A Field Guide to Verbal Blunders
Slips Versus Disfluencies
Acknowledgments
Index
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