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Crazy English

Ultimate Joy Ride Through Our Language

By (author) Richard Lederer
Illustrated by Bill Belcher
Edited by Mandy Greenfield
Genres: linguistics
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Sawd Publications, Kent, United Kingdom
Imprint: Sawd Books
Published: 8th Oct 1992
Dimensions: w 126mm h 198mm
ISBN-10: 1872489125
ISBN-13: 9781872489124
Barcode No: 9781872489124

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Lederer, a New Hampshire schoolteacher and "Grammar Grappler" columnist for Writer's Digest, loves the language and here pays humorous honor to its oddities and beauties, from the longest word (a 1,913-lettered amino acid) to why "-ash" verbs (bash, clash, gash, etc.) invariably define violent actions (the answer lies in onomatopoetics). There's much whimsy here - why, Lederer wonders, do we say "a near miss" when we mean "a near hit?"; why, if the plural of mouse is mice, isn't the plural of henhouse, "henhice"? - and some useful information, too - a dictionary of "nyms" (e.g., antonym, "A part of the body used as a verb: to toe the line"), a list of phobias ("if you despise eating spinach or broccoli, you are a lachanophobe"). Plenty of fun, then, for all wordsmiths and word-fanciers; and you get to read about the non-English-speaking foreign couple who named their newborn after "the most beautiful English world they had ever heard": diarrhea. (Kirkus Reviews)