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A P Herbert's acclaimed 'word war' was first waged in Punch, for 'the lasting Benefit of the King's English', and went on to elicit a host of amused, outraged and sympathetic counter-attacks. The very best of these semantic skirmishes are collected here with APH providing a mountain of ammunition for his noble battle. 'Plain English', 'Jungle English' and 'Valuable Neologisms' are all addressed, and fortified or demolished as APH commands. Now over sixty years since first publication, the 'word war' rages on, ...
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A P Herbert's acclaimed 'word war' was first waged in Punch, for 'the lasting Benefit of the King's English', and went on to elicit a host of amused, outraged and sympathetic counter-attacks. The very best of these semantic skirmishes are collected here with APH providing a mountain of ammunition for his noble battle. 'Plain English', 'Jungle English' and 'Valuable Neologisms' are all addressed, and fortified or demolished as APH commands. Now over sixty years since first publication, the 'word war' rages on, with a host of new coinages and expressions joining the ranks, but the worthy principles of the combat remain the same. Take arms and join APH in the fight! -- whichever side of the great lexicological divide you happen to fall.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781842326268
  • Publisher: House of Stratus, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Invitation to the war 1
I Jungle English: Interval for Good Stuff: The Speaker's Address to the King 7
II 'Valuable Neologisms': Interval for Good Stuff: Mr Justice Best 37
III 'Plain English': Interval for Good Stuff: Lord Justice Moulton 63
IV Odd Lots: Interval for Good Stuff: Mr Justice Blackburn 89
V Bids and Bombshells: Interval for Good Stuff: Captain Slocum 131
VI 'Grave Issues': Interval for Good Stuff: Sir Austen Chamberlain 147
VII Ifs and Angles, Etc.: Interval for Good Stuff: Lord Hewart, LCJ 197
VIII Witch-Words 221
Appendix I Entrance Examination for Words, Phrases, and Usages Seeking Admission to the English Language 229
Appendix II Wicked Words--A Family Game 235
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