Between You and I: A Little Book of Bad English
As the author explains, he does not take issue with the so-called "educated or...more
The majority of words and phrases in the book are those which can be corrected with some thought but there are those which the author considers 'lost causes', the criteria for which is that they cannot now be used properly because they are in regular, and accepted, mis-use.
It is a panacea for readers who want to be aware of the use...more
The book is not pleasant to read straight through, as I soon found out, but taken in short segments, such as on break at work...more
It's a fun book, and often Cochrane finds very humorous ways of exemplifying errors. As an example: of the word "expatriate" Cochrane writes:
As a noun, the word denotes someone living outside his or her own country and is so spelled and not as expatriot, which, if it existed, would presumably mean "a former patriot."...more
Cochrane offers us a brief glossary of poor English, but one that may be read from beginning to end like a gripping novella. The explanations of commonly misused words and phrases are interesting in themselves, though it is Cochrane's biting snobbery that will bring you back for more.
Fine light reading for snobs and grammarians everywhere.