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de Arika Okrent

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Maybe you've been speaking English all your life, or maybe you learned it later on. But whether you use it just well enough to get your daily business done, or you're an expert with a red pen who never omits a comma or misplaces a modifier, you must have noticed that there are some things about this language that are just weird. Perhaps you're reading a book and stop to puzzle over absurd spelling rules (Why are there so many ways to say '-gh'?), or you hear someone talking and get stuck on an expression (Why do we say "How dare you" but not "How try you"?), or your kid quizzes you on homework (Why is it "eleven and twelve" instead of "oneteen and twoteen"?). Suddenly you ask yourself, "Wait, why do we do it this way?" You think about it, try to explain it, and keep running into walls. It doesn't conform to logic. It doesn't work the way you'd expect it to. There doesn't seem to be any rule at all. There might not be a logical explanation, but there will be an explanation, and this book is here to help. In Highly Irregular, Arika Okrent answers these questions and many more. Along the way she tells the story of the many influences--from invading French armies to stubborn Flemish printers--that made our language the way it is today. Both an entertaining send-up of linguistic oddities and a deeply researched history of English, Highly Irregular is essential reading for anyone who has paused to wonder about our marvelous mess of a language.… (més)
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Títol:Highly irregular : why tough, through, and dough don't rhyme-and other oddities of the English language
Autors:Arika Okrent
Informació:New York : Oxford University Press, 2021.
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Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
I always love a good book about why English seems to make no sense. Okrent breaks down English's oddities into conflicts of words usage changing among the different languages of various invaders of Britain, the biggest being the Norman invasion which lead to centuries of the elite speaking French while the commoners spoke English. The introduction of the printing press lead to attempts of standardization for words that previously had no standard spelling, but localized so that they didn't always end up logically applied. Then in the 19th century, classically trained scholars tried to apply the standards of Greek and Latin to the unruly English language, causing more problems in the long run. Event today English is evolving and changing in weird ways while still oddly being a successful means of communication among people who use the language. The book is broken up into short chapters so it can be read all at once or broken up to be read at one's leisure. ( )
  Othemts | Jan 16, 2022 |
I have been really enjoying Arika Okrent's new book on the weird and wonderful (did I mention weird?) little nooks and crannies of our English tongue.

If you ever wondered why a thing can be "uncouth" but never "couth", why we can name someone the "Sexiest Man Alive" but not the Sexiest Man 'Blond' and why "could", "would" and "should" have those silly silent L's -- this is a book for you.

The book is subtitled, "What the Hell, English?" and the tone ranges from wryly exasperated to down right "WTF?". The charming little cartoon illustrations add a lot.

A Fun book to pick and read at random or to sit down and read right through it, which is what I did.

Why Clifford is a Big, Red, Dog and not a Red, Big Dog is covered in here too. (And try explaining THAT to a non native speaker!).

For Word Nerds. I suspect there are a lot of us around here. ( )
  magicians_nephew | Nov 17, 2021 |
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Maybe you've been speaking English all your life, or maybe you learned it later on. But whether you use it just well enough to get your daily business done, or you're an expert with a red pen who never omits a comma or misplaces a modifier, you must have noticed that there are some things about this language that are just weird. Perhaps you're reading a book and stop to puzzle over absurd spelling rules (Why are there so many ways to say '-gh'?), or you hear someone talking and get stuck on an expression (Why do we say "How dare you" but not "How try you"?), or your kid quizzes you on homework (Why is it "eleven and twelve" instead of "oneteen and twoteen"?). Suddenly you ask yourself, "Wait, why do we do it this way?" You think about it, try to explain it, and keep running into walls. It doesn't conform to logic. It doesn't work the way you'd expect it to. There doesn't seem to be any rule at all. There might not be a logical explanation, but there will be an explanation, and this book is here to help. In Highly Irregular, Arika Okrent answers these questions and many more. Along the way she tells the story of the many influences--from invading French armies to stubborn Flemish printers--that made our language the way it is today. Both an entertaining send-up of linguistic oddities and a deeply researched history of English, Highly Irregular is essential reading for anyone who has paused to wonder about our marvelous mess of a language.

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