Literally, The Best Language Book Ever: Annoying Words And Abused Phrases You Should Never Use Again by Paul YeagerLiterally, The Best Language Book Ever: Annoying Words And Abused Phrases You Should Never Use Again by Paul Yeager

Literally, The Best Language Book Ever: Annoying Words And Abused Phrases You Should Never Use Again

byPaul Yeager

Paperback | May 6, 2008

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By turns gleefully precise and happily contrarian, this is a highly opinionated guide to better communication. In Literally, the Best Language Book Ever, author Paul Yeager attacks with a linguistic scalpel the illogical expressions and misappropriated meanings that are so commonplace and annoying. Identifying hundreds of common language miscues, Yeager provides an astute look at the world of words and how we abuse them every day.

For the grammar snobs looking for any port in a storm of subpar syntax, or the self-confessed rubes seeking a helping hand, this witty guide can transform even the least literate into the epitome of eloquence.

Paul Yeager is the managing editor of Accuweather.com and a freelance writer. As a child, he was annoyed when reading, writing, and arithmetic were referred to as the “Three R’s,” and he hasn’t changed a bit over the years. He lives in Altoona, PA.
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Title:Literally, The Best Language Book Ever: Annoying Words And Abused Phrases You Should Never Use AgainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 6.89 × 5.52 × 0.58 inPublished:May 6, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0399534237

ISBN - 13:9780399534232

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Threw it ont he floor of my car I thought it would be midly amusing and a good way to waste some time...but I was very wrong. The Introduction: This was ok. He writes about how things like "like", "ever" and "so" and other Valley Girl sayings annoy him (WOW! WHAT A UNIQUE OPINION! .). I usually skim intros so nothing really stood out- except that he's a meterologist....yes...a meterologist whos married to a "grammar expert". Maybe I should have done a bit more pre-purchase reading (or whatever you would call that- apparently this guy has an issue with made up words expressing ideas that dont have words already). Though to give him some credit- he does say most of the book is subjective...but then he ruins the credit by saying the rest of it is wrong. WHO THE HELL WRITES A BOOK THAT IS BASED ON WRONG INFORMATION AND THEN TELLS HIS READERS THAT HIS NON FICTION BOOK IS MOSTLY FICTITIOUS! Chapter One (After which I threw the book on the floor of my car): He seperates his chapters into mini paragraphs- I'll put in the titles of the ones I have issues with 1. Everyone/Their He has a problem with people saying things like "Everyone should open their test now" because everyone is singular and their is plural...except what he doesnt realize is that their has evolved to be a less formal version of "one" because of the whole gender discrimination crap. 2. Forcasted He doesn't like when people add -ed onto words that don't need -ed to become past (like forcast). And to quote him: "The problem, most likely, is that we're all used to adding -ed to make the past tense of so many words in our language that we extend that rule to words to which it doesnt apply" So there are two prolems with this: apparently METEROLOGISTS WHO FANCY THEMSELVES GRAMMAR NAZIS are never taught about simplification in language. Yes, people have started adding -ed to words that normally wouldn't have it because it's easier to add it on (when it sounds ok) than memorizing a bunch exceptions. The other problem is the whole "the problem, most likely"....wtf is that? WHO WRITES THAT IN THEIR BOOK!?!?!?!? 3. Should of He complains that "should've" sounds like "should of" and he's worried that people don't know that its a contraction of should and have...this is just a pointless part of the book. 4. So with a Negative Apparantly saying "I'm so not doing that" is wrong and you should, instead, say "I'm definitely not doing that"- because there's SUCH a big difference. 5. Stupidest Ok, I don't really have a problem with his problem with stupidest. It's just the way he says it. "It's not always as simple as merely adding -er or -est to an adjective to increase the quantity or degree of the word...in some cases, you must use more or most in advance of the root word...hecticer and hecticest sound ridiculous" YES OF COURSE THEY SOUND RIDICULOUS! Your tongue can't get around those letters without a lot of effort. Stupider and stupidest are easy to say and sound fine which is why people say them. 6. Years experience So everyone knows that its pronounced years experience because you cant pronounce apostrophes. Unfortunately this has led to some confusion and people writting it without the apostrophe or the word "of" (years of experience). My issue with this part was how pompous he was while saying that most people don't know what the genitive case is, but HE does. (Earlier in the chapter he starts going on about the subjunctive tense and how he doesn't expect people to understand.) Well guess what, Mr. Yeager, I TOO know what the genitive case is and know MANY OTHER PEOPLE who do as well. My overall problem with this book his is attitude. He's trying to give us instructions on how to speak properly with reasons why how we speak now is wrong. Except that his reasons always start out with "It's probably because" or "Maybe because" or "Possibly". You can't tell us to do something and then not give us solid back up to your demands. And maybe, Paul, if you had researched anything about languages before writing your book, you would have come across some linguistics papers. And then you would have learned that languages change and simplify over time. And even though some things are still not grammatically correct in the English sense, they are in the linguistics sense. People speak the way they do for a reason, not because they're trying to piss off grammar fanatics like you. Also, the fact that he has a problem with nouns becoming verbs and vice versa is just ridiculous. If there's no word already in existance for and idea you wish to express, then you should not be reprimanded for creating one. So before you write another book, Paul Yeager, maybe you should linguisticate yourself. (Linguisticate: to educate someone on linguistics, verbified from the noun linguistics) (Verbify: to turn a noun into a verb) Ha!
Date published: 2010-07-14

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