A Word in Time by Philip Howard lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Sinclair-Stevenson, 1990, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: Time, like an ever-burbling stream, bears us towards the second millennium. A Word In Time maps the state of the English language as we roll towards the year 2000, chattering and tapping our VDUs. Which of the new phrases that are coming into our vocabulary, from dead parrot to dead-cat bounce, look like having a long shelf-life? Why do we take our modern catch-phrases and proverbs from television? Where do the fashionable new names of the Nineties like Pamella and Kylie come from, and what can they mean? What should we think of the Eurojargon that calls a cow an adult bovine animal, and the tabloid headline insults such as bimbo and Argies? Is the English of the Nineties really a dismal wasteland of cliché and impenetrable jargon, as the Prince of Wales agonizes. This survey of English in the Nineties covers the field from pronunciation to spelling, and from grammar to etymology of the new slang. It deals with big matters such as the divergences between American and British English, and small matters such as the change in idiom of when we say a and when we say an. Is the notion that you must never split an infinitive as old-fashioned as the notion that you should never strike a lady? And should you call her a lady in the first place, anyway? The map of English is changing even as we draw it. This chart for the lex of the Nineties entertains as it instructs; it is up-to-date, reliable, sometimes controversial, but never solemn.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XII] 273 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Etymology category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!