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Everything You Know About English Is Wrong

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I don't know how else to tell you this...everything you know about English is wrong.

"If you love language and the unvarnished truth, you'll love Everything You Know About English Is Wrong. You'll have fun because his lively, comedic, skeptical voice will speak to you from the pages of his word-bethumped book."
-Richard Lederer, author of Anguished English, Get Thee to a Pun
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Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published (first published May 1st 2008)
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Kathy
May 09, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Hilarious

I read etymology. I realize I'm part of a small niche market defined by "nerds who read words about words written by other nerds who study words". Therefore, I will address only the author's style and not the information in the book, which only word nerds would care about.

The author is hilarious. Seriously, literally, and enormously hilarious. I laughed aloud and tried to share gems with my family. I say tried, because they aren't word nerds and didn't care.
Huma Rashid
Oct 28, 2011 Huma Rashid rated it it was ok
This book has some interesting tidbits in it, but dear God is it dry. It's really hard to get through.
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