Evasion English Dictionary / Edition 1

Evasion English Dictionary / Edition 1

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by Maggie Balistreri
     
 

ISBN-10: 0971865973

ISBN-13: 9780971865976

Pub. Date: 09/28/2003

Publisher: Melville House Publishing

What if you fired your shrink and hired a proofreader?

More than just a dictionary of euphemisms by a hip young linguist, The Evasion-English Dictionary is a merciless translation of the banalities of contemporary speech. It's also scathingly funny.

For example, Balistreri asks what if you substituted the word "you" for the phrase "the

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What if you fired your shrink and hired a proofreader?

More than just a dictionary of euphemisms by a hip young linguist, The Evasion-English Dictionary is a merciless translation of the banalities of contemporary speech. It's also scathingly funny.

For example, Balistreri asks what if you substituted the word "you" for the phrase "the relationship" in the sentence, "There seem to be a lot of problems with the relationship." Or what if you substituted the word "because" for the word "but" in the sentence "They drive me crazy but my parents are very involved in my life."

Entertaining as it is, however, the E.E.D. is also a thought-provoking and insightful look into the twists and turns of modern English usage—a smart and useful, albeit hysterical, earwitness account of verbal mishaps and manipulations that's destined to become a classic with language lovers and a useful reference tool on the desk of writers everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780971865976
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.30(d)

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Evasion English Dictionary 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great read.. Great Laugh....... Well you know, Whatever.... J. McCann
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Maggie on book TV reading to an audience from her book. I could not change the channel. She definitely caused me to open my eyes, or ears, if you will, to read into what people are REALLY saying. Mom was right, if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.......now we have found ways to say what we want to, but not make it sound so harsh! Go, Maggie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I understand what the phrase 'NPR listener' may bring to mind, I assure you I a at least thrice removed from this stereotype. I heard the author on All Things Considered, and it was hilarious. A must read for language enthusiasts everywhere