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Lost for words: the mangling and manipulating of the English language

Lost for words: the mangling and manipulating of the English language

Humphrys, John

This title exposes the depths to which our use of the English language has sunk and offers many examples of the most common atrocities. The author also dispenses some sensible guidance and insists that language should be simple, clear and honest

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Hodder, 2005
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Details

Statement of responsibility: John Humphrys
ISBN: 0340836598, 9780340836590
Note: Originally published: London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2004.
Physical Description: xiii, 334 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: English language Usage.

Author note

In a journalistic career spanning forty-five years John Humphrys has reported from all over the world for the BBC and presented its frontline news programmes on both radio and television. He has won a string of national awards and been described as a 'national treasure' - all of which he attributes to longevity and luck. He presents Radio 4'sTodayprogramme and BBC2'sMastermind.

Reviews

Humphrys is passionate about language - and very funny too
Rod Liddle||Greatly enjoyable
Simon Hoggart,Guardian||for all those who care about the English language
Ann Widdecombe,New Statesman||It is always exhilarating to read a book which says what so many of us think
Jonathan Keates,Spectator||Timely and lively||Let us be very clear about this from the start: John Humphrys is a Good Thing||the Jack Russell of theTodayprogramme has now chosen to take some well aimed snaps at solecism, jargon, cliche and weasel words... It is always exhilarating to read a book which says what so many of us think||I commend Citizen Humphrys||You will have fun with this book||an exquisite sensitivity to the misuse of the English language