The Miracle of Language

The Miracle of Language Master verbalist Richard Lederer America s Wizard of Idiom Denver Post presents a love letter to the most glorious of human achievements Welcome to Richard Lederer s beguiling celebration of langua

  • Title: The Miracle of Language
  • Author: Richard Lederer
  • ISBN: 9780671028114
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • Master verbalist Richard Lederer, America s Wizard of Idiom Denver Post , presents a love letter to the most glorious of human achievements Welcome to Richard Lederer s beguiling celebration of language of our ability to utter, write, and receive words No purists need stop here Mr Lederer is no linguistic sheriff organizing posses to hunt down and string up laMaster verbalist Richard Lederer, America s Wizard of Idiom Denver Post , presents a love letter to the most glorious of human achievements Welcome to Richard Lederer s beguiling celebration of language of our ability to utter, write, and receive words No purists need stop here Mr Lederer is no linguistic sheriff organizing posses to hunt down and string up language offenders Instead, join him In Praise of English, and discover why the tongue described in Shakespeare s day as of small reatch has become the most widely spoken language in history English never rejects a word because of race, creed, or national origin Did you know that jukebox comes from Gullah and canoe from Haitian Creole Many of our greatest writers have invented words and bequeathed new expressions to our eveyday conversations Can you imagine making up almost ten percent of our written vocabulary Scholars now know that William Shakespeare did just that He also points out the pitfalls and pratfalls of English If a man mans a station, what does a woman do In the The Department of Redundancy Department, Is English Prejudiced and other essays, Richard Lederer urges us not to abandon that which makes us human the capacity to distinguish, discriminate, compare, and evaluate.

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    • Jess Candela says:

      I loved it, but nothing else quite comes close to the joy to be found within the pages of Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language

    • Quoopisk says:

      The insults to your intelligence begin right in the introduction, where you'll find a stupidly self-aggrandizing, obviously fictional anecdote about a policeman rewarding him for criticizing the officer's grammar during a traffic stop ("Are you the guy who writes those books about language?").Then there's the pitifully shallow chapter on biased language, that can't decide how seriously to treat its subject;Then there's the chapter on redundancy, where the author hilariously twists himself into l [...]

    • Al says:

      Richard Lederer’s “The Miracle of Language” is a treat for those who love language, both readers and teachers. This 1991 book has generally aged well, though an update would be in order to consider the effect of the Internet on language, especially email, and the coming of ebooks. A chapter devoted to a celebration of letter-writing seems altogether from another era. The book is a potpourri of different takes on language—some study the impact of authors such as Shakespeare while others p [...]

    • Maurah says:

      I enjoy books about language and words, so naturally I greatly enjoyed this book. Lederer quotes many authors and writers--many of whom I have read and many whom I have not heard of before. I like reading these quotes, as I can relate back to what I know about the writer and time period or look them up. For example, we just read "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell in my English class. Lederer mentions how Orwell spent time abroad in Burma as a sergeant with the Imperial Indian Police. My min [...]

    • Cory says:

      This book really got me excited about language, reading, writing, the whole gamut. It is laugh out loud entertaining for the first half; maybe even 2/3. Then he reverted into just page after page of quotes by others about poetry, words, writing and on and on. I would read maybe 20 quotes and then skip to the end of the list hoping the next chapter would be like the first part of the book. It never happened. The last 1/3 of the book is great if you are looking for a quote, but it is not smooth re [...]

    • Mrose46 says:

      This book is a gold mine of information about the idiosyncrasies of our language. Anyone who likes to play with words will love this book which covers topics such as neologisms, redundancies, puns and the contributions to the English language of writers such as Shakespeare and Mark Twain. When I saw how many new words have entered the English vocabulary since 1950, I was astounded.

    • Harish Sankar says:

      The Department of Redundancy Department chapter was a funny take on how we misuse the language in all forums, especially advertising. What does "100% pure" and "New and Improved" mean? Redundance everywhere. The book also filled me with a lot of quotations to remember. His writing is so pure, that you have to read it twice to grasp how different the style is from other authors.

    • Christine says:

      Language is incredible. English is amazing. This book will help you to be more appreciative of something we generally take for granted. (though if I had to choose just one book on the subject, I think I still prefer "Mother Tongue")

    • Joshua says:

      I really enjoyed this book, though like many others I was disappointed that it basically devolved into page after page of quotes. Still, the first two-thirds or so of the book were very interesting and entertaining. Who knew that a book about language could be educational AND fun?

    • Joni Hilton says:

      I think Richard Lederer should have his own holiday, when we all pay homage to this amazing man and vow to clean up our grammar and write something that shines. He is inspiring, he is brilliant, he is funny, he is a national treasure.

    • John Hawkins says:

      I enjoyed the begining of this book. Learned much about the English language, but the end seemed to fall aprt into seperate essays. Enjoyable. I would give it 3.5 stars if I could.

    • Wendell Jones says:

      A great book, but it is not by Lederer, but by Laird, who was a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. I used to recommend it to English teachers.

    • Michelle says:

      I loved the first half of this book, but when it got to the second half, where he listed page after page of quotations about books, words, etc it lost much of its magic.

    • Cheryl Neer says:

      Delightful book for all linguaphiles and verbivores. Includes history of English language, suggestions for good writing, and wonderful wordplay and puns.

    • Aaron Kadkhodai says:

      If I could give it four and a half stars, I would. Very solid language book with ample humor and humility. I will read more from this author.

    • Dia Kristy says:

      Richard Lederer is a JOY. How lucky we all are to be sharing the same planet with him! And at the same time, too! Must be magic.

    • Victory Wong says:

      Saw this at a bookswap. Looks interesting. someone else picked it up so I noted the name down.

    • Miss Lemon says:

      A treat. Richard is fun-nee and clever,clever. Just gotta read this one. The world of words and booksn I stay?

    • Bonnie says:

      The Miracle of Language is the most pleasant whimsical and thought sparking read I've enjoyed in a long time. This reminds me that I love books and words and classic authors. Refreshing!

    • Shonna Froebel says:

      Read over quite a long period.Lots of interesting stuff, including the quotes at the end.

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