The English language is a complex and ever-changing beast, rife with stylistic eccentricities and open to misinterpretation on many levels. Little wonder, then, that for every expert English speaker, there are thousands who find themselves falling ...
down grammatical trapdoors, tripping up over puzzling punctuation and spelling words with diabolical inaccuracy.
Eats, Shites & Leaves is a celebration of all things shite about the misuse of English, highlighting the prevalence of absent apostrophes, ghastly grammar, suspect sentences and rambling, repetitiveness, commentators' claptrap, tortuous tautologies, insane instructions and quirky quotations in society today. This essential collection touches upon ambiguous adverts - "Why not have the kids shot for Easter, or have a family portrait taken?"; dangling modifiers - "She slipped on the ice and apparently her legs went in separate directions in early December"; senseless statements - "With half the race gone, there is half the race still to go"; and cloying clichés - "If you find yourself in hot water, put your best foot forward"; and also includes lists of malapropisms, euphemisms, misspellings, rhyming slang and puns.
Featuring a plethora of examples that show how to get the worst out of the world's most commonly spoken language, Eats, Shites & Leaves is a wittily informative insight into how the English language can be used in he twenty-first century.
Number of pages: 160
Date of publication: 16/09/2004
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