When Is a Pig a Hog?: A Guide to Confoundingly Related English Words

When Is a Pig a Hog?: A Guide to Confoundingly Related English Words

by Bernice Randall
     
 
When is a pig not a pig? When it tips the scale at 120 pounds and becomes a hog, of course! This witty and informative guide explains hundreds of tricky, similar words that confound even the most savvy wordsmiths. Learn the difference between a street and an avenue; a couch, a sofa, and a davenport; pay phones and public phones; and hundreds of other words and terms.

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When is a pig not a pig? When it tips the scale at 120 pounds and becomes a hog, of course! This witty and informative guide explains hundreds of tricky, similar words that confound even the most savvy wordsmiths. Learn the difference between a street and an avenue; a couch, a sofa, and a davenport; pay phones and public phones; and hundreds of other words and terms. This entertaining and lively reference covers a broad range of subjects, from Human and Not So Human Beings to The Arts: Fine and Otherwise, and includes a complete word index, reference list, and two appendices. Everyone with an interest in words and a curiosity about people, places, and things will delight in this lighthearted yet accurate treasury of information about the English language.

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YA-- For anyone not sure about the difference between, for instance, denotation and connotation, a gene and a chromosome, neurosis and psychosis, this is a helpful book. Randall takes several hundred word kinships whose meanings are inexact in the public mind and clarifies them. The enemy under her attack is vague meaning, blurred boundaries, and hence careless speech. However, she does not limit herself to untangling such often cross-tangled verbal siblings. She defines other words--familiar in use but of uncertain meaning to many--such as bass, baritone, tenor, contralto, mezzo soprano, and soprano. In addition, two appendixes give information not easily incorporated into the text, namely gods and goddesses in Greek and Roman mythology and a geological time chart. --Constance M. O'Hearn, R. E. Lee High School, Fairfax County, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780883659779
Publisher:
BBS Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
04/15/1998
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.30(d)

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