Literally, the Best Language Book Ever

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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...

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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399534232
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,003,243
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Pedantic twit

    Almost cute, would be worth purchase if free. Please note, author uses dicionary from 1950's and makes many references to "Seinfeld" in an attempt to be hip. I love a good grammar book that is also fun. This is just a sad man's rant on popular culture.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    I love it

    The most awesomely epic book ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    Entertaining and Educational

    This book is excellent since it makes you think about all of the words and phrases that we use every day, and it does so in a very entertaining way. The book is funny and smart!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2008

    How was this even published?

    I don't understand how this book was even published. It read like a person ranting on their blog, and the main voice of the story hates virtually half of the modern language that doesn't even include slang. It starts off great by listing words such as 'irregardless' and other words that are self contradictory, which was entertaining and educational, but then it moves on to dis words and phrases such as 'curiouser and curiouser' which was a phrase made by an author mimicking a 7 year old girl in the late 1800s. Everyone who uses it is quoting a FAMOUS AUTHOR. The more I read this book the angrier I got at the ignorance behind some of the things it was discrediting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    Wonderfully Witty

    I picked up Paul Yeager's new book the other day and I have to say I am quite impressed. Paul's sense of humor and his entertaining description of common language and grammar mistakes makes this book a pleasure to read. This would be a perfect gift for a new college grad, your favorite 'word nerd' or anyone who enjoys witty banter. I suggest you go out and buy this book as soon as possible!

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