Verbatim: From the Bawdy to the Sublime, the Best Writing on Language for Word Lovers, Grammar Mavens, and Armchair Linguists

Erin McKean, Editor
Erin McKean, Editor Mariner Books $14 (372p) ISBN 978-0-15-601209-6
Reviewed on: 10/15/2001
Release date: 10/01/2001
Prebound-Sewn - 978-1-4177-0630-3
Hardcover - 384 pages - 978-0-7126-4597-3
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For lovers of the intricacies of language comes an anthology of the best writing from Verbatim: The Language Quarterly, which has been investigating, debating, and dissecting English for almost 30 years. Erin McKean, the magazine's editor since 1997, has collected lively essays on popular linguistics, dictionaries and the men and women who make them, English etymology and usage, and, of course, obscenity. From a consideration of ""student bloopers"" to a disquisition on the nature of slang, these thoughtful and often humorous offerings provide insight into the sophisticated systems of human communication in language that's appropriately fresh and, thankfully, jargon-free.
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