Everything You Know About English Is Wrong

I do not know the way else to inform you this...everything you recognize approximately English is wrong.

"If you're keen on language and the unvarnished fact, you are going to love every thing you recognize approximately English is inaccurate. you will have enjoyable simply because his vigorous, comedic, skeptical voice will converse to you from the pages of his word-bethumped book."
-Richard Lederer, writer of Anguished English, Get Thee to a Punnery, and observe Wizard

Now that you just recognize, it is time to, good, chunk the mum tongue. William Brohaugh, former editor of Writer's Digest, may be your journey consultant in this pleasant trip throughout the English language, stating all of the misconceptions approximately our wonderful-and splendidly confusing-native tongue. Tackling phrases, letters, grammar and ideas, no sacred cow continues to be untipped as Brohaugh finds such attention-grabbing and irreverent shockers as:

- should you figuratively climb the partitions, you're agitated/frustrated/crazy. in the event you actually climb the partitions, you're Spiderman.

- "Biting the mum Tongue": English doesn't come from England.

- The note "queue" is the poster baby of an English spelling rule so dominant we are going to name it a dominatrix rule: "U needs to persist with Q! Slave!"

- a lot of our vocabulary comes from the classical languages-clearly, Greece, and never Grease, is the note, is the observe, is the word.

-Emoticons: disagreeable punctuational predictions

"Better plotted than a thesaurus, extra riveting than a word list, extra filmable than a Harry Potter index-and that is simply Brohaugh's footsnorts... Imean, feetsnotes...umfeetsneets?...good gravy I'mglad I'mjust a cartoonist."
-John Caldwell, one in every of Mad magazine's ordinary Gang of Idiots

This booklet promises you will by no means examine the English language an analogous method again-if you write, learn or communicate it, it simply ain't attainable to reside with out this tell-all advisor. ("Ain't," by the way, isn't a foul word.)

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Teaching Academic ESL Writing: Practical Techniques in Vocabulary and Grammar (ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series)

By Eli Hinkel

Teaching educational ESL Writing: functional strategies in Vocabulary and Grammar fills an enormous hole in instructor expert practise by means of concentrating on the grammatical and lexical beneficial properties which are crucial for all ESL writing lecturers and student-writers to grasp. the basic assumption is that sooner than scholars of English for tutorial reasons can start to effectively produce educational writing, they need to have the principles of language in place--the language instruments (grammar and vocabulary) they should construct a textual content. this article deals a compendium of innovations for instructing writing, grammar, and lexis to second-language rookies that would support lecturers successfully objective particular troublesome areas of scholars' writing.

Based at the findings of present examine, together with a large-scale examine of just about 1,500 non-native audio system' essays, this publication works with numerous units of easy ideas that jointly could make a visible and critical distinction within the caliber of ESL scholars' writing. The instructing thoughts and strategies are according to a hugely useful precept for successfully and effectively maximizing inexperienced persons' language earnings.

Part I offers the historical past for the textual content and a pattern in fact curriculum directions to satisfy the training wishes of second-language lecturers of writing and second-language writers. components II and III comprise the major parts of school room educating: what to educate and why, attainable how one can train the cloth within the lecture room, universal error present in pupil prose and how one can educate scholars to prevent them, educating actions and proposals, and questions for dialogue in a teacher-training path. Appendices to chapters offer supplementary observe and word lists, collocations, sentence chunks, and diagrams that lecturers can use as wanted.

The ebook is designed as a textual content for classes that arrange academics to paintings with post-secondary EAP scholars and as a certified source for academics of scholars in EAP classes.

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English Grammar in Use with Answers: A Self-Study Reference and Practice Book for Intermediate Students of English

By Raymond Murphy

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The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English

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CAE Listening and Speaking Skills Student's book (Cambridge Cae Skills)

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The English Language: A Historical Introduction (Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics)

By Charles Barber, Joan C. Beal, Philip A. Shaw

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Grammar practice for pre-intermediate students. Without key. Per le Scuole superiori (GRPR)

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A Cure For The Common Word: Remedy Your Tired Vocabulary with 3,000 + Vibrant Alternatives to the Most Overused Words

By K. D. Sullivan

Make your sick vocabulary cross from in basic terms stable to exceptionally splendid and stupendous!

Your mind holds a magnificent vocabulary of greater than 20,000 phrases, yet likelihood is you just use a small fraction of them. That fraction is mostly jam-packed with tired oldies that experience misplaced their effect, resembling interesting, good, and <i>nice</i.. you can now rejuvenate your vocabulary and rehab your verbal talents with this advisor for utilizing language to speak extra successfully in writing and speech.

Inside, you'll locate greater than thirty possible choices for every of the only hundred most typically overused phrases within the English language. in addition to a listing of synonyms, every one universal note comes with definitions, pattern sentences, witty fees, reasons of why the observe fails to speak, and masses extra.

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