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Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters
liked it
Great book on clear writing by one of the premier editors of our time. I have to say, though, my own Conan the Grammarian is just as good and more fun ...more
May 25, 2017
Jun 02, 2017
You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity
liked it
I read a review in the NYT and was intrigued, for I love language and grammar and thought, a book for me. It wasn't what I expected, but that's okay. ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 03, 2011
The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary
liked it
An interesting, unusual little book, for lovers of Tolkien, words, and writing. I knew, of course, that JRRT worked on the OED, but this book, by curr ...more
Dec 11, 2015
Dec 05, 2015
Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe
it was ok
Impressively researched and all that, but it was a little too breezy and a little too thin on context, most of the time. Fun and light and fast, but f ...more
Dec 31, 2015
Dec 27, 2015
The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us
liked it
An interesting study of the psychology of words, especially the use of pronouns and what that can say about a person--sex, age, education, even politi ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 28, 2013
When in French: Love in a Second Language
liked it
A memoir filtered through ponderings about languages and how they shape people. Not typical memoir - the husband, Olivier, remains a rather vague char ...more
Sep 29, 2016
Sep 30, 2016
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
really liked it
This is the second time I've read this - gladly, esp. as this edition has an appendix detailing newer research into some of the topic since the first ...more
Apr 08, 2016
Apr 08, 2016
How English Became English: A short history of a global language
liked it
Exactly what its title/subtitle promise. Walks a careful line between the prescriptivist & descriptivist schools of linguistics. Some interesting ...more
Jul 25, 2016
Jul 25, 2016
The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
liked it
A fascinating, closely-argued, non-prescriptive look at linguistics, English grammar, and style, by a preeminent scientist. While some of Pinker's exp ...more
Oct 2014
Oct 29, 2014
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